1985 Australia 10c

The 1985 Australia 10c coin features the 3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem with lettering ‘ELIZABETH II’, ‘AUSTRALIA 1985’ and the designer’s initials ‘RDM’

On the reverse, the male Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae), value superimposed.


Why it's rare

Australian 10c coin, 1985

In 1985 this coin was updated with the Ralph David Makleouf 3rd Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II obverse.

Only 2,100,000 specimens were issued into circulation and then no further until 1988.  The 1985 10c coin was only otherwise released in UNC and Proof Year sets.