Primary/Middle Years

The Investigating Australian Coins primary/middle years resources are designed to educate students in years 3 to 6/7 about Australian decimal currency, the Mint, coin production and the history of Australia's coins.

You will find curriculum-aligned broad learning outcomes, units of work and activity sheets (in PDF and IWB formats). You will also find quizzes on coin related topics, created using Quizling. The lessons, sorted according to learning areas, are broad and flexible so that you can select those suitable for the students in your class.

Broad Learning Outcomes

Participating in the Investigating Australian Coins program will assist students in achieving the following outcomes:

  • Students will be able to provide a brief explanation of the history of Australian coins, including the change to decimal currency in 1966.
  • Students will be able to describe the operations of the Royal Australian Mint, including how our coins are designed and produced.
  • Students will be able to discuss the role of currency within societies.

For an additional source of information regarding Australian currency please visit The Reserve Bank of Australia -

Further information about the switch to decimal currency is also available on the National Museum of Australia's defining moments webpage.