Circulating Coins

Your everyday coins

Circulating coins are the coins Australians use everyday. They are mass-produced coins and made from base metals such as copper, nickel and aluminium, struck at the rate of up to 650 per minute.

While they ordinarily feature reverse designs of Australian fauna (or an Aboriginal elder on the two dollar coin), many commemorative coins are released to mark events, people or organisations which have had a significant impact on Australian society.

Circulating Obverse Design - Ian Rank Broadley

The process of minting them is the process of transferring a design from a die onto a blank piece of metal under tremendous force - generally 140 tonnes of pressure.