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Australian money

At a glance

Approximate time: 40-60 mins

Stages: S1 and above

Activity outcomes: 

  • identify Australian coins and notes, and their values
  • learn of the history of money in Australia

Curriculum Links


  • EN1-4A draws on an increasing range of skills and strategies to fluently read, view and comprehend a range of texts on less familiar topics in different media and technologies


  • MA1-1WM describes mathematical situations using everyday language, actions, materials and informal recordings

General capabilities — Work and enterprise

  • This challenge brings opportunities for students to develop values and attitudes about work. The activities expand students' understanding of value, costs, financial planning and savings.



  • Explore real or play coins. Discuss the features of coins, such as heads, tails, edge, legend (lettering or inscription), rim (raised protective edge), mint mark and relief (raised coin design).
  • Lead a discussion on the use of coins in the students' lives and around them.