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.
Blunt 2nd whisker - Perth mint
The second feather-tail glider's whisker is blunt.
Pointed whiskers - Canberra mint
All feather-tail glider's whiskers are pointed.
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.
Blunt 1st claw - Perth mint
The frilled lizard's first claw of the first leg is blunt.
Sharp claws - Canberra mint
All frilled lizard's claws are pointed.
A variety without the initials S.D. under the lizard on the reverse exists.
5 cents 1966
No 1966 5-cent coin was produced at Melbourne and Perth Mint.
Long spine - London mint
Short spine - Canberra mint
10 cents 1966
No 1966 10-cent coin was produced at Melbourne and Perth Mint.
4 spikes - Canberra mint
5 spikes - London mint
20 cents 1966
No 1966 20-cent coin was produced at Melbourne and Perth Mint.