ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Coins of the Royal Australian Mint

Updated on December 30, 2014

Kangaroo

Source

Valuable Coins of the Royal Australian Mint

This article addresses the collectible coins of the Royal Australian Mint, baby gift coin, the hologram coins, kangaroo coins, and the silver content of the coins.

For more collectible coins from Australia, please see our Perth Mint lens.

Intro Image: Black Spaniel Gallery has taken, and fully owns, this image. We have the right to use it. No link can be provided.

Mint Marks and Privy Marks

Mint marks are important to most collectors. Two issues that should be of interest are the 2009 Master Mint marks $1 coin and the 2010 $1 Silver Proof coin. Both bear the “C” mint mark.

Another important issue is the 2010 $1 Mint mark & Privy Mark Four Coin Set. The mint mark is “C” for Canberra, and the privy marks are “B” for Brisbane, “S” for Sydney, and “M” for Melbourne.

What the Mint Produces

The Royal Australian Mint produces the circulating coins of Australia. It shares the duties of producing quality collectible coins with the Perth Mint. Occasionally, an issue produced by the Royal Australian Mint will also be marketed by the Perth Mint, but these two entities operate independently.

The prices at the Royal Australian Mint are lower for international sales. This unusual situation is because of a tax imposed on shipping to an Australia address that is not present for international shipping.

Silver Kangaroos

KANGAROO

Coins for a Baby

For the young collector the Royal Australian Mint produces Baby Sets featuring Blinky Bill. For a nice way to start a future collector off consider the one twenty-fifth Troy ounce gold Little Dinkums coins, issued annually. 2010 coins are advertised as the last of the series, and consist of the Tinga Tasmanian Devil and Kato Cockatoo coins.

Little Dinkums charms in gold are also available

Kangaroo Silver Coins

The kangaroo is the Royal Australian Mint’s most known coin. One can choose the 2010 frosted one dollar fine silver coin, or the three colorized 2009 kangaroo set. The three coin 2009 set includes three one ounce fine silver coins in a variety of designs, and was still available in August 2010.

The 2010 frosted silver coin features a kangaroo on an outcropping of rock, making it one of the most attractive kangaroo coins the mint has ever issued.

The Royal Australian Mint has ceased making base metal kangaroo coins with the same image as the silver coins, so there is less of a problem of a dealer deceiving a customer. However, older coins had silver and base metal coins that were otherwise identical, and when buying from an ouline site one must use care.

Silver Content of RAM Coins

Silver coins from the Royal Australian Mint in the denomination of $1 AU contain one Troy ounce of fine silver. However, the $5 Au coins contain one and one-seventh ounce of fine silver. The Royal Australian Mint has some nice $5 Au coins from previous years still available.

Most Striking Issue

One of the most beautiful coins the Royal Australian Mint produces is the selectively gold plated fifty cent coin 150th Running of the Melbourne Cup. This stunning scalloped coin is gold plated on both the obverse and the reverse, making it truly unusual.

Please add your most striking issue to the list below.

Hologram Coin

The Royal Australian Mint had in the past issued hologram coins. In 2009 the Royal Australian Mint issued the $5 Au fine silver Aurora Australis – International Polar Year 2007-2008. This coin quickly became popular among collectors.

More Great Coins and Mints

Check out our other lenses on similar topics. If you are a coin collector, we have lenses on the Perth Mint, the Royal Australian Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Royal Mint (British Coins), and a very active lens on silver art bars and rounds that covers Alaska Medallions, Disney art bars and rounds, and Coca-Cola art bars and rounds. Check the lens roll for these and other coin lenses that address specialty items like holograms.

We update most of the mint lenses as coins are released, so visit often. We started with the 2011 coins and some 2010 coins.

If we miss a coin from the Perth Mint, Royal Australian Mint, New Zealand Mint, or Royal Canadian Mint, please let us and our other readers know with a Guestbook entry. Thank you to anyone who can contribute information. We get e-mails from these four mints, but occasionally, especially the Perth Mint, quietly adds one briefly that sells out fast, or is reserved for general in selected parts of the world.

We appreciate visitors who take the time to check the icon at the top indicating you like the lens.

Please leave a comment. We like comments.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      anonymous 6 years ago

      These coins do look royal, they are superb.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)