Some light wear on the outer box.
The 1966 Australian Decimal Pattern Set honours the five reverse designs proposed by Andor Mészáros for Australia’s new decimal coins in 1966.
The set comprises five decimal-sized coins struck by The Perth Mint from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. Their reverses are produced using the artist’s original coin plasters, released to The Perth Mint for this purpose by the Mészáros family.
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, each coin bears the Ian-Rank Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2009 year-date on the obverse.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of these sets.
Decimal Coin Designs
The decimal coin designs proposed by Andor Mészáros focussed on Australian native wildlife. Boldly executed with clever detailing, his artistry resulted in remarkably lifelike portrayals of iconic Australian fauna and flora.
- The 20c design represented the grace and majesty of an Australian black swan in flight.
- The 10c design denoted the strong facial character of a kookaburra, Australia’s best-loved bush-bird, with a snake caught in its beak.
- The 5c design portrayed the amphibious deftness of a platypus in its search for prey – in this case, a yabbie fleeing it’s pursuer.
- The 2c design depicted fresh clusters of wattle, always a popular contender for Australia’s national floral emblem, but not officially elevated to that position until 1988 – 22 years after the Mészáros design.
- The 1c design captured the magnificence of the waratah, a spectacular native flower chosen as the floral emblem of New South Wales in 1962.
|Monetary Denomination (AUD)||20c||10c||5c||2c||1c|
|Fineness (% purity)||99.9||99.9||99.9||99.9||99.9|
|Minimum Gross Weight (g)||12.86||6.07||2.74||5.53||2.43|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||28.60||23.60||19.60||21.60||17.60|
|Maximum Thickness (mm)||3.00||3.00||3.00||3.00||3.00|