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Australian Coins in History
The Commonwealth of Australia as we know it was formed on 1st January 1901, as a self-governing colony of the British Empire, but they did not introduce their own currency until almost a decade later in 1910. Prior to federation Australia used coins from many other countries, including Spain, England, the Netherlands and Austria and during the early days of the colony even used rum and tobacco! In 1910 Australian pounds, shilling and pence were introduced and continued to be used until decimalisation in 1966.
The Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian Mint in Canberra was established in 1965 and commissioned to produce the Australian legal tender decimal coinage. The Royal Australian Mint was the first Australian Mint not to be part of the British Royal Mint. Initially only the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cent coins were produced and introduced as legal tender on 14th February 1966. These were followed in 1984 by the $1 and by the $2 in 1988. In 1991 Australia ceased to use the 1 and 2 cent coins and these were withdrawn from circulation. The Royal Australian Mint now produces hundreds of millions of coins a year, including legal tender issues for New Zealand, Thailand and Israel. They also produce a number of tokens, medals, medallions for various different sectors.
Australia's circulating decimal coinage all feature Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and varying designs on the reverse. The majority of the reverse designs feature fauna native to Australia, including kangaroos, emus and koalas.
The majority of Australia's coins are round, with the exception of the 50 cent piece that is dodecagonal (twelve sided).
All of the sets listed on this page are produced by the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra and consist of the decimal coinage in either uncirculated or with a proof finish. For a detailed explanation of the difference between proof and uncirculated please see our Proof or Uncirculated Coins - The Difference page.
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Australian silver coins include:
Australia has issued gold coins since 1852, and for many years produced British gold sovereigns from its branch mints in Sydney and Melbourne. Please see our Australian index page on Tax Free Gold.
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