2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Silver Proof Coin

New Zealand Post is proud to present the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee coin, the only New Zealand legal tender commemorative coin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty to the throne on 6 February 1952.


  • Pure one-ounce silver proof coin featuring Queen Elizabeth II in brilliant 3D relief
  • Officially approved by Queen Elizabeth II and the Palace
  • 3,000 coins available individually from New Zealand Post.

A design fit for a Queen

This pure one-ounce silver proof coin features Queen Elizabeth II in brilliant 3D relief. Based on a photograph, her gown and jewellery reflect the importance of her task – to broadcast her Christmas message to her people around the Commonwealth. The Queen’s Christmas message is a highly anticipated part of Christmas Day, and it typically touches on the year’s major events, as well as the sovereign’s personal milestones. In 1953 the message finished with a note of sympathy for the people of New Zealand in the wake of the Tangiwai rail disaster of the previous night.

New Zealand’s Christmas Tree

The left-hand side of this $1 coin features flowers from New Zealand’s beautiful pōhutukawa tree (Metrosideros) in full colour. These native New Zealand flowers bloom at Christmas time in New Zealand, which falls at the height of summer. The pōhutukawa tree is therefore commonly referred to as the New Zealand Christmas tree.

The official New Zealand emblem

The New Zealand emblem of the Diamond Jubilee is rendered in 3D relief on the right-hand side of the coin, adding to the official nature of this coin issue. The emblem features a diamond, inside which the Royal Cypher sits. The Royal Cypher consists of the letters and Roman numeral, E II R surmounted by a Royal Crown (St Edward’s Crown). The diamond is edged with eight koru, linked by a double chain to representations of stylised mānuka flowers at each point; the left and right flowers bear the dates 1952 and 2012 respectively.

Denomination: New Zealand $1
Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 25 December 1953 with the official New Zealand Diamond Jubilee emblem and pōhutukawa
Mint: B.H. Mayer's Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH
Worldwide mintage limit: 15,000 (3,000 available individually from New Zealand Post)

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Price: $129.00
2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee

Take a look at the commemorative stamps that were also part of this issue.