Australia, 5 cents, 2004

One from Down Under.

Australia, 5 cents, 2004 (KM #401)


This is the fourth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which is updated from time to time as she ages. It is the current portrait of her on Australia coins, and it has been in use since 1999. The reverse displays the echidna, one of the unique marsupials native to Australia. This coin’s mintage is 147,658,000, and it is worth 5 cents USD as the US and Australian dollars are nearly at par today. There is talk in abolishing the 5cent coin in Australia, just as they did to the 1 and 2 cent coins in 1991. (Bronze from the old 1 and 2 cent coins were used in the bronze medals for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.) New Zealand ended their 5 cent coin in 2006.

Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 2.8300 g
Diameter 19.4 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Engraver S. Devlin (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment

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