2017 Southern Lights Silver Proof Coin

The Southern Lights may be lesser known than the Northern Lights, but the cosmic light show is just as breathtaking. If you time it just right you can catch a glimpse as the dazzling coloured lights dance across the sky in the Mackenzie Basin. The holographic effect on the 1oz silver proof coin captures some of the essence of this sensational display.


  • Replicates the Southern Lights with a unique holographic foiling technique
  • Features the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo – the perfect spot to view the Southern Lights
  • Limited to just 1,500 worldwide
  • Packaged in a premium display case with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity

This stunning coin captures the magic of the Southern Lights both in its colour and its shimmering surface. The Southern Lights can range in colour from pink to green to purple, with the colours dependent on a number of factors. The type of solar wind particle, the type of gas molecule and the electrical state at the time of the collision all have an effect on the eventual colour of the aurora.

This 1oz silver proof coin has been produced using a holographic foiling technique in an effort to capture the magical shimmering of the Southern Lights. It features the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo where the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is located. This coin is limited to just 1,500 worldwide and would make a splendid edition to any collection. Each coin is accompanied by an individually numbered certificate of authenticity, and displayed in an elegant case.

Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo with the Southern Lights
Designed by: Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post
Worldwide mintage limit: 1,500
Mint: Helvetic Mint

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Price: $149.00
Southern Lights

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