Five Cents

The five cent coin was first introduced with decimal currency on 14 February 1966. The original reverse design of the
echidna has not been changed since the introduction.

All of the first issue of five cent coins in 1966 were produced at the Royal Mint, London. Since the first production from
London, five cent coins have been produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the Royal Mint, Llantrisant and the Royal Canadian
Mint.

Nominal Specifications

Composition: 75% Copper - 25% Nickel

Shape: Circular

Edge: Milled

Mass: 2.83 grams

Diameter: 19.41 millimetres


Mintage Figures



Reverse Design



Design Details



Year



Mintage

(millions)



Mint*



Australian Five Cent - Reverse


1966-present


An impression of an echidna designed and sculpted by Stuart
Devlin


1966


1966


1967


1968


1969


1970


1971


1972


1973


1974


1975


1976


1977


1978


1979


1980


1981


1981


1981


1982


1983


1984


30.0


45.4


62.1


67.3


38.2


46.1


39.5


8.3


48.8


64.2


44.3


113.2


108.8


25.2


44.5


115.0


62.0


50.0


50.3


139.5


131.6


43.5


RML


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RCM


RMLL


RAM


RAM


RAM


No five cent coins were produced in 1985 or 1986


1985


1986


-


-


-


-



Australian Five Cent - Reverse


1987


1988


1989


1990


1991


1992


1993


1994


1995


1996


1997


1998


1999


2000


2001


2002


2003


2004


2005


2006


2007


2008


2009


2010


2011


2012


2013


2014


2015


2016


73.5


103.4


95.8


33.3


29.9


52.6


93.8


146.7


85.0


79.2


100.7


88.5


179.5


97.4


174.6


148.8


115.1


145.3


194.3


306.5


59.0


200.2


83.9


55.1


44.8


68.9


78.7


76.0


21.2


34.4


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM


RAM

2016 obverse design to celebrate the 50th anniversary of
decimal currency


2016


4.7


RAM



Australian Five Cent - Reverse

An impression of an echidna designed and sculpted by Stuart
Devlin


2017


N/A


RAM

Notes for using these tables: These are final mintages where the numbers have been published in an Annual
Report and all coins have been issued. Items marked not available will be updated when they pass the Annual Report and issue
test.

*RAM = Royal Australian Mint; RCM = Royal Canadian Mint; RML = Royal Mint, London; RMLL=Royal
Mint, Llantrisant

** Partial Numbers for 2016 - Total production to be confirmed, once the 2016-2017 Annual Report is
released.