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The 'Australian dollar' (sign: $; ¢ code: AUD) is the currency of the Commonwealth of Australia. In Australia it is abbreviated with the dollar sign and sometimes A$. It is a decimal currency and $1 is divided into 100¢.

The currency is used by Australia, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Christmas Island, Australian Antarctic Territory, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Coral Sea Islands and Heard Island and McDonald Islands. The currency is also unofficially used in Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.

Coins of the Australian dollar were introduced on 14 February 1966. Compared to a lot of other countries, the coins in Australia are large, many the same size as the former coinage of the United Kingdom. All current coins have a portrait of the Queen of Australia, Queen Elizabeth II. Australia no longer has the 1¢ and 2¢ coin in circulation, during point of sale transactions, change is rounded up, this does not apply to digital transactions.

There are 6 Australian coins, with values of , 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, & $2. As the value of the coin increases so does the physical size.

As with most currencies there are commemorative coins in circulation.

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[edit] Current Issue - Front

[edit] 5¢ Coin

The 5 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation in 1966. The design has not changed since.

Statistics

  • Colour: Silver
  • Front Image: Echidna
  • Diameter: 19.41 mm
  • Thickness: 1.30 mm
  • Weight: 2.83 g
  • Commemorative Issues: No

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[edit] 10¢ Coin

The 10 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation in 1966. The design has not changed since.

Statistics

  • Colour: Silver
  • Front Image: Superb Lyrebird
  • Diameter: 23.60 mm
  • Thickness: 2.00 mm
  • Weight: 5.65 g
  • Commemorative Issues: No

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[edit] 20¢ Coin

The 20 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation in 1966. The design has only changed for commemorative issues.

Statistics

  • Colour: Silver
  • Front Image: Platypus
  • Diameter: 28.52 mm
  • Thickness: 2.50 mm
  • Weight: 11.3 g
  • Commemorative Issues: Yes

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20¢ Coin Commemorative Issues
Click here to view the 20¢ commemorative coins.

[edit] 50¢ Coin

The 50 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation in 1966. In 1969 the round shape of the coin changed to avoid confusion with the 20 cent coin. The 50 cent coin is currently the largest in circulation.

Statistics

  • Colour: Silver
  • Front Image: Australian coat of arms
  • Diameter: 31.51 mm
  • Thickness: 2.00 mm
  • Weight: 15.55 g
  • Commemorative Issues: Yes

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50¢ Coin Commemorative Issues
Click here to view the 50¢ commemorative coins.

[edit] $1 Coin

The $1 coin was first introduced in 1984. The $1 coin replaced the $1 note. he design has only changed for commemorative issues.

Statistics

  • Colour: Gold
  • Front Image: 5 Kangaroos
  • Diameter: 25.00 mm
  • Thickness: 3.00 mm
  • Weight: 9.00 g
  • Commemorative Issues: Yes

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$1 Coin Commemorative Issues
Click here to view the $1 commemorative coins.

[edit] $2 Coin

The $2 cent coin was first introduced in 1988. The design has not changed since.

Statistics

  • Colour: Gold
  • Front Image: Aboriginal Elder
  • Diameter: 20.50 mm
  • Thickness: 3.20 mm
  • Weight: 6.60 g
  • Commemorative Issues: No

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[edit] Current Issue - Back

[edit] 1966 - 1984

Coins dated between 1966 - 1964 will have the following design on the back.

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[edit] 1985 - 1998

Coins dated between 1985 - 1998 will have the following design on the back.

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[edit] 1990 - current

Coins dated between 1999 - current will have the following design on the back.

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