Pirate Guide to Collecting Australian Coins

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This book lists all Australian decimal coins currently in circulation (from 1966 to the end of 2023), including the coloured $2 coins released by Woolworths as well as the dinosaur, Aussie Big Things and alphabet coin sets from Australia Post.

There are high quality images of every coin, so you can see exactly what to look for, plus mintages so you know which coins are rarest.

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It’s a guide to help you figure out:

  • Which coins have been released into circulation over the years,
  • How rare each coin is,
  • What the coins look like, so you know what you’re looking for (and can easily spot errors),
  • Which mini-sets you can complete, and
  • Common errors, varieties and mintmarks that might be more collectible or valuable.

Whether you’re a new or experienced collector, this book will help you discover which coins to look for and what’s left to collect.

There is one chapter for each denomination currently in circulation in Australia ($2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c & 5c) plus the 2c and 1c cent coins that were in circulation from 1966 to 1991.

Each chapter has:

  • High quality photos of every coin design in circulation since 1966 from the Royal Australian Mint,
  • Mintage (rarity) for each coin,
  • Photos of all coins released through retail stores (Woolworths & Australia Post), and
  • Errors and varieties unique to that coin, including how to spot them!

With the new King Charles obverse (Heads side) design appearing in late 2023, this edition includes a section with details on the all of the various effigies over the years (including King Charles III), variations in the designs and Heads side-related errors to watch out for.

The Two Dollar section includes details of the following special releases from Woolworths (with photos and mintage details):

  • 2016 Olympics $2 set
  • 2017 Possum Magic $2 set
  • 2018 Commonwealth Games $2 set
  • 2019 Mr Squiggle $2 set
  • 2019 Wallabies coin
  • 2020 Women’s Cricket coin
  • 2020/21 Olympics $2 set
  • 2021 Wiggles $2 set
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games A/U/S coins $2 Set
  • 2022 Socceroos Coin
  • 2023 Vegemite $2 set, and
  • 2023 Matildas $2 and $1 sets.

The One Dollar section showcases the coin sets released by Australia Post, including:

  • Alphabet sets from 2019, 2021, and 2022
  • Dinosaur series from 2022
  • AFL coins from 2023, and
  • Aussie Big Things set from 2023.

In addition, there are sections on the errors, varieties and mintmarks unique to each coin, including the Mule Errors from the One Dollar coin, the valuable “alien” die clash Five Cent error (and many others) plus how to identify these errors/varieties.

This information is really hard to find in one place, especially with photos of the actual coins. This book brings all the information together for you in one place, and is up-to-date as of the very end of 2023!

Updates in the 2023-24 edition:

  • A wrap-up of the changes to Australian coins in 2023
  • New information on how to get the most from the book
  • A new section on Obverse (Heads side) designs, with important information on the various designs and errors to look for
  • A new section on ‘general errors’ to check on all coins
  • All of the new coins put into circulation in 2023
  • Updated mintages from the October 2023 RAM annual report
  • Which $2 coins have C-Mintmarks and where to look for it on each coin
  • Scoreboards to easily identify lower mintage coins
  • New and updated details on errors, plus
  • A few extra surprises.

Additional information

Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 29.7 × 21 × 0.3 cm


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