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Australia 50 Yrs Decimal Currency

2016 Proof Ten Cent reverse 2016 Proof Ten Cent obverse

2016 Proof Ten Cent

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In 2016 the Royal Australian Mint released a full set of six pieces to commemorate fifty years since the introduction of decimal currency in Australia. The obverse of each of these pieces includes an internal Australian pre-decimal coin design underneath an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

This ten cent piece includes the Kruger Gray's three wheat stalks design that was used on Australian threepence, this internal coin features the legend "AUSTRALIA". The actual external obverse legend states "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS". The reverse features Stuart Devlin's standard superb lyrebird design.

The internal coin design on the obverse of the 2016 ten cent (50 Years of Decimal Currency) piece with the initials of designer Kruger Gray (KG) located on either side of the wheat stalks. The internal coin design on the obverse of the 2016 ten cent (50 Years of Decimal Currency) piece with the initials of designer Kruger Gray (KG) located on either side of the wheat stalks.

The Australian pound came into being in 1910 and lasted until 1966. The currency was awkward, with each pound being subdivided into 20 shillings each of 12 pence. In the 1950s the economic importance of switching to a decimal currency became heavily discussed. The key argument was that the pound made financial transactions unnecessarily difficult, it was calculated that this difficulty caused the loss of more than 11 million to the Australian economy every year. After much political debate the 14th of February 1966 was chosen as Changeover Day - when the new Australian decimal dollar took over.

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