1914 For King and Empire Five-Year Silver Proof Coin Set – The Mounted Rifles Brigade

As part of this centenary issue commemorating the brave New Zealanders who fought for King and Empire, we’re pleased to be issuing a special continuity coin issue. For each year of this five-year programme, New Zealand Post will be issuing a 1oz silver proof coin will focus on the different roles that New Zealanders had in the war. 


  • Minted from 0.999 silver with selective colour
  • Limited worldwide mintage of 1,000
  • Coin is the first in a highly collectable five coin continuity set
  • Continuity set comes with a complimentary collectable pressed tin, made to resemble those gifted to soldiers in World War I by HRH Princess Mary at Christmas
  • Collectable coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War I

The first coin depicts the Mounted Rifles Brigade, a major element of New Zealand’s effort in the First World War. The horses offered superior mobility and allowed soldiers to move quickly over short distances. The Mounted Rifles Brigade trained with their horses in New Zealand before making the long journey to Egypt via ship in 1914. These men served largely in the Middle Eastern theatre, particularly Sinai and Palestine, forming strong bonds with their horses, which is portrayed on this 1oz silver proof coin.

This highly collectable continuity set highlights New Zealand’s involvement in the war from beginning to end, and comes with a premium pressed metal tin to store all five coins, styled after the tins the soldiers would receive after enlisting. The set is limited to an extremely low mintage of just 1,000 coins worldwide.

Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.9999 silver
Weight: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Mounted Rifles Brigade
Worldwide mintage limit: 1,000
Mint: Royal Australian Mint

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Price: $139.00
1914 For King and Empire

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