1oz Silver proof two-coin set
These coins are struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver with no more than 2,000 of the 50th Anniversary of Australian Decimal Currency 2016 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set will be released.Read more
Delivery within Australia only
On the 14 February 1966, Australia introduced decimal notes and coins to its currency, marking the end of its British currency system based on pounds, shillings, and pence.
The first decimal coins released in 1966 consisted of six denominations. A round silver 50 cent piece featuring a kangaroo and an emu; three copper-nickel coins, the 20, 10, and 5 cent, featuring a platypus, a lyrebird, and an echidna, respectively; and two bronze coins, the 2 cent featuring a frilled neck lizard, and a 1 cent featuring a feathertail glider.
The Perth Mint was instrumental in the production of much of the low-denomination coinage for Australia’s conversion to decimal currency in February 1966, including the 1 and 2 cent coins. In the year prior to the launch of the new coinage, The Perth Mint struck nearly 105 million 1 cent and 2 cent coins.
- Mint: The Perth Mint
- Issue date: 5 January 2016
- Metal: 99.9% silver
- Finish: Proof
- Denominations: $1 (each)
- Mintage: 2,000
- Minimum weight: 31.135g (each)
- Maximum diameter: 40.6mm (each)
- Maximum thickness: 4mm
- Designer: Dr Stuart Devlin AO CMG
2 cent coin: The reverse of the replica 2 cent coin features the frilled neck lizard design from the original 2 cent coin introduced in 1966.
1 cent coin: The reverse of the replica 1 cent coin features the feathertail glider design from the original 1 cent coin introduced in 1966.
The coins are housed in a classic display case. Also inside the case is a pouch, containing an original 1 cent and 2 cent coin. The case is packaged within a beautifully illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.