2012 Fairy Tern Proof Currency Set

If you seek only the best, order the 2012 Fairy Tern Proof Currency Set!

Highlights

  • A complete set of proof quality 2012 New Zealand currency coins
  • Featuring the $5 silver proof coin
  • Presented in a stylish premium quality case
  • Worldwide mintage of just 1,500

The six iconic designs in this proof currency set are:

New Zealand silver proof fairy tern coin

The $5 proof coin has been struck from 0.999 silver in proof quality. The epitome of elegance and craftsmanship, it features the New Zealand fairy tern in three-dimensional glory, both as a bird in flight and in its natural nesting habitat. The mother and chicks are depicted in an egg-shaped vignette to reinforce the importance of every egg to the species survival, as it strives to overcome the everyday threats to its existence.

New Zealand ten cents

The ten cent coin features a Māori carved head or ‘koruru’ with Māori 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 Māori carving shown on the 20 cent coin is a reproduction of a specific carving of an 18th century Māori 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 Māori mythology. Kotuku have figured prominently in Māori legend as exemplars of rarity, grace and beauty, and as inhabitants of the spirit world.

New Zealand Silver proof fairy tern coin (NZD $5)

Denomination: Five New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 38.7mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Flying adult New Zealand fairy tern with mother and chicks in their common habitat
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Worldwide mintage limit: 1,500

 

New Zealand two dollars (NZD $2)

Composition: Brass
Weight: 11.25g
Diameter: 26.5mm
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, United Kingdom
Reverse design: The kotuku (white heron) flying right
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

 

New Zealand one dollar (NZD $1)

Composition: Brass
Weight: 8.60g
Diameter: 23.0mm
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, United Kingdom
Reverse design: The kiwi, bringing to reality the colloquial term 'Kiwi Dollar'
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

 

New Zealand 50 cents

Composition: Copper-nickel
Weight: 5.60g
Diameter: 24.75mm
Edge treatment: Un-milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: The Endeavour sailing south, with Mount Taranaki (Egmont) in the distance
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

 

New Zealand 20 cents

Composition: Copper-nickel
Weight: 4.45g
Diameter: 21.75mm
Edge treatment: Spanish flower
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Māori 'pukaki' carving
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

 

New Zealand 10 cents

Composition: Copper
Weight: 3.70g
Diameter: 20.50mm
Edge treatment: Un-milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Māori carved head or koruru
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint