Australian Coins and the LARGEST Coin in the World


Australia is home to some amazing people and
wildlife, so it’s no surprise that it produces beautiful coins. There are even some remarkable shapes, as
well as designs. But what does an Australian mean when they
ask if you have any spare silver change? And is a gold coin donation really as generous
as it sounds? This video is an introduction to coins currently
in circulation in Australia, as well at a glimpse at the world’s largest coin. So are you ready for a currency crash course
of current coins in this cosmopolitan commonwealth country? Let’s jump in. Australia uses a decimal currency, with 1
dollar being equal to 100 cents. A special mention here to the 1c and 2c coins
which are no longer in use, because they have next-to-no value. Starting at the lowest value is the 5c coin. The 5cent shows an adorably curled-up echidna
surrounding the number 5. Echidnas are common in wooded areas of Australia,
and have a distinctive beak, spines, and lay eggs. This makes them 1 of only 2 egg-laying mammals,
or monotremes, in the entire world. Next is the 10c coin, which shows a lyrebird
hiding behind its impressive tail plumage. Lyrebirds are known for impersonating noises
they hear, mostly songs from other birds, but they are capable of impersonating human-created
noises as well. The 20c coin brings us to the second monotreme
on earth, the platypus. The coin depicts a platypus diving under the
water. Platypus are an elusive creature that were
first thought-of as a myth by people back in England after Australia became a British
colony. However, they are very real, and the male
even has a poison spur with which to defend himself. Now comes the most fascinating of coins in
Australian currency, the 50c coin. The 50c coin shows the Australian coat of
arms on its reverse side. This includes a kangaroo, and emu, a shield
and 7-pointed star for the states and territories of Australia. In the background is a wreath of golden wattle,
the floral emblem of Australia. The distinctive 50c coin is a dodecagon, a
12-sided shape. With a diameter over 3cm, it is also one of
the largest coins in the world currently in common circulation, and the largest Australian
coin by size, but not by value. The Australian 1 dollar coin is gold in colour
thanks to being made of 92% copper. On the reverse side, it shows 5 kangaroos,
the animal most synonymous with Australia, but also that Australians love to eat. The other coin made of 92% copper is the 2
dollar coin. This coin is the only coin to not depict Australian
wildlife and instead depicts an Aboriginal Elder. The 2 dollar coin is notable for being smaller
than the 1 dollar coin, even though it has twice the value. In fact, it is a similar size to the 5c coin,
the smallest circulating coin in Australia, although it’s much thicker. Australian coins are split into those with
a silver appearance worth less than 1 dollar, and those with a golden appearance, worth
1 dollar or more. Australians commonly refer to these coin groups
as ‘silver’ coins and ‘gold’ coins, even though no silver or gold actually goes
into their production. But there is a coin in Australia that is made
of real gold, in fact the largest coin in the world. In 2012, the Perth Mint unveiled the one-million
dollar coin. The coin is made of solid gold. It weighs just over one metric tonne, has
a diameter of 80cm and took 18months to complete. Imagine a coin that weighs the same as a car. The coin is actually legal tender, meaning
that you could roll it down to the shops and buy 1 million dollars’ worth of groceries. Before doing that though, remember that more
than 50 million dollars’ worth of gold went into making this colossal coin. So there you have it, a brief overview of
Australia’s iconic coinage, including silver coins, gold coins, and the largest coin in
the world. If you enjoyed this video please subscribe
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5 thoughts on “Australian Coins and the LARGEST Coin in the World”

  1. Huh, first commet. You know. I gotta be honest with you bud. You should have a million subs with the amount of effort you put in videos. Keep it up and you will get a million soon.

  2. Thanks for showing us modern day Australian coins. I have been a collector of older Australian coins for many years now, but can you give us some information on the 5 dollar coin, struck not so very long ago. I am English and from the UK in Kent near London.

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