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Australia Type I

1979  Two Cent reverse 1979  Two Cent obverse

1979 Two Cent

Mintage:69,775,006
Reverse Designer:Stuart Devlin Obverse Designer:Arnold Machin Size:21.6mm Weight:5.18g Edge:Plain Composition:97% Copper
2.5% Zinc
0.5% Nickel

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The Type I two cent was issued from 1966 to 1984 with an additional proof striking in silver in 2006 as part of the 40th anniversary of decimal coinage set. It features Stuart Devlin's iconic frilled neck lizard design on the reverse, and the Arnold Machin effigy of her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on the obverse. The initials of Stuart Devlin (SD) can be found beneath the lizard on all pieces except for a number of 'Sans SD' pieces issued in 1967, 1968, and 1981 (an example is shown below).

A 1968 two cent piece without the initials of Stuart Devlin (Sans SD). A 1968 two cent piece without the initials of Stuart Devlin (Sans SD).

In 1966 this type was minted in Canberra, Melbourne, and Perth. To distinguish between these mints one must look closely at the front feet of the frilled neck lizard. If the right most claw of the front right foot is blunted then the coin was minted in Perth. If the second claw from the right on the left foot is blunted then the coin was minted in Melbourne. If there are no blunted claws then the coin was minted in Canberra.

Right most claw on the right foot being blunted indicates that the 1966 two cent was minted in Perth. Right most claw on the right foot being blunted indicates that the 1966 two cent was minted in Perth.

Sharp claws indicate that the 1966 two cent was struck at the Canberra Mint. Sharp claws indicate that the 1966 two cent was struck at the Canberra Mint.

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