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Coins from 1966 - Varietes explained

By CAA    |   Wednesday, 1 September 2021

To replace pre-decimal coins circulating in Australia at the time, Stuart Devlin was chosen to produce designs based on australian wildlife representing the denomination, the new Royal Australian Mint was built in Canberra and opened on February 22. The first official decimal circulating coins were produced at the Canberra, London, Perth and Melbourne mints and were released on February 14, 1966, but with some variances on the reverse from one facility to the other.

1 cent 1966

No 1966 1-cent coin was produced at London Mint.

Blunt 1st whisker - Melbourne mint

The first feather-tail glider's whisker is blunt.

1 cent 1966 - Blunt 1st whisker - Melbourne mint

Blunt 2nd whisker - Perth mint

The second feather-tail glider's whisker is blunt.

1 cent 1966 - Blunt 2nd whisker - Perth mint

Pointed whiskers - Canberra mint

All feather-tail glider's whiskers are pointed.

1 cent 1966 - Pointed whiskers - Canberra mint

1 cent 1966 price guide and values

2 cents 1966

No 1966 2-cent coin was produced at London Mint.

Blunt 2nd claw - Melbourne mint

The frilled lizard's second claw of the second leg is blunt.

2 cents 1966 - Blunt 2nd claw - Melbourne mint

Blunt 1st claw - Perth mint

The frilled lizard's first claw of the first leg is blunt.

2 cents 1966 - Blunt 1st claw - Perth mint

Sharp claws - Canberra mint

All frilled lizard's claws are pointed.

2 cents 1966 - Sharp claws - Canberra mint

A variety without the initials S.D. under the lizard on the reverse exists.

2 cents 1966 price guide and values

5 cents 1966

No 1966 5-cent coin was produced at Melbourne and Perth Mint.

Long spine - London mint

5 cents 1966 - Long spine - London mint

Short spine - Canberra mint

5 cents 1966 - Short spine - Canberra mint

5 cents 1966 price guide and values

10 cents 1966

No 1966 10-cent coin was produced at Melbourne and Perth Mint.

4 spikes - Canberra mint

10 cents 1966 - 4 spikes - Canberra mint

5 spikes - London mint

10 cents 1966 - 5 spikes - London - Canberra mint

10 cents 1966 price guide and values

20 cents 1966

No 1966 20-cent coin was produced at Melbourne and Perth Mint.

Gap - Canberra mint

20 cents 1966 - Gap - Canberra mint

No gap - London mint

20 cents 1966 - Gap - London mint

No gap - Wavy 2 - London mint

20 cents 1966 - Gap Wavy 2 - London mint

20 cents 1966 price guide and values

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