2011 New Zealand Silver Currency Set

Celebrate special occasions through 2011 with the first ever silver proof New Zealand currency set.

Highlights

  • Silver proof coin set
  • Complete collection of uncirculated 2011 struck New Zealand currency
  • Great way to commemorate special moments in 2011
  • Worldwide mintage limit: 1,200 sets

The five iconic designs in this silver proof coins set are:

New Zealand ten cents

The ten cent coin features a Maori carved head or ‘koruru’ with Maori rafter patterns. Koruru are usually mounted on the gables of wharenui (meeting houses) and are referred to as ‘The guardians of the house’.

New Zealand twenty cents

The Maori carving shown on the 20 cent coin is a reproduction of a specific carving of an 18th century Maori warrior leader called Pukaki, who was a rangatira (chief) of the Ngati Whakaue iwi of Te Arawa in the Rotorua district. The carving was made in 1836 and today it can be viewed in the entrance to the Rotorua District Council building. The edging of this coin is distinctive and known
as ‘Spanish flower’.

New Zealand fifty cents
The design on the 50 cent coin shows the Endeavour sailing south with Mount Taranaki (Egmont) in the distance. The Endeavour was a British Royal Navy research vessel commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage of discovery, to Australia and New Zealand from 1769 to 1771.

New Zealand one dollar

New Zealand’s national bird and beloved icon, the kiwi, appears on the $1 coin. This small, flightless bird has been in New Zealand for more than 60 million years, and is largely nocturnal. It has become so much a part of New Zealand’s national identity that New Zealanders overseas (and at home) colloquially refer to themselves as ‘Kiwis’.

New Zealand two dollars

The kotuku (white heron) is shown on the $2 coin. It is one of New Zealand’s rarest birds and is held in particularly high regard in Maori mythology. Kotuku have figured prominently in Maori legend as exemplars of rarity, grace and beauty, and as inhabitants of the spirit world.

New Zealand two dollars (NZD $2)

Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 14.12g
Diameter: 26.50mm
Edge treatment: Milled with a channel with ten raised beads
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: The kotuku (white heron) flying right
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

 

New Zealand one dollar (NZD $1)

Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 10.73g
Diameter: 23.00mm
Edge treatment: Eight alternate segments, four milled and four plain
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: The kiwi, bringing to reality the colloquial term ‘Kiwi Dollar’
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

 

New Zealand 50 cents

Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 6.59g
Diameter: 24.75mm
Edge treatment: Un-milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: The Endeavour sailing south, with Mount Taranaki (Egmont) in the distance
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

 

New Zealand 20 cents

Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 5.30g
Diameter: 21.75mm
Edge treatment: Spanish flower
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: Maori ‘pukaki’ carving
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

 

New Zealand 10 cents

Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 4.37g
Diameter: 20.50mm
Edge treatment: Un-milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: Maori carved head or koruru
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint