2003 New Zealand Annual Coin: Giant Kokopu Silver Proof Numismatic Cover

This limited edition numismatic cover highlighted this native fish and the importance of its natural habitat in our waterways.

Highlights:

  • Silver proof coin
  • Included all five stamps from the 2003 Scenic - Waterways issue
  • Limited edition product.

This superbly designed pure silver frosted proof five dollar coin celebrated the Giant Kokopu (also known as the Māori trout) - a seldom seen but significant native fish of New Zealand.

The silver proof coin in this philatelic numismatic cover (PNC) was made of 99.9% fine silver and had been selectively plated with gold to enhance its design. The reverse of the coin displayed a carefully crafted image of the Giant Kokopu; while the obverse contained Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The unique first day cover itself portrayed an image of the Giant Kokopu swimming in a stream. All five stamps from the 2003 Scenic - Waterways issue were affixed to this cover and it was cancelled with the Waterways datestamp.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand and New Zealand Post logos were displayed on the back of the cover along with additional information about this native fish.

Denomination: Five New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 99.9% fine silver with selective gold plating
Weight: 28.28 grams
Diameter: 38.74mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: Giant Kokopu
Designed by: Michel McHalick, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 200
Mint: Royal Australian Mint