2017 Taniwha 1oz Gold Proof Coin

The powerful taniwha is intricately depicted on this 1oz gold proof coin. The taniwha was a dominant creature in Māori legends, portrayed as a terrifying beast or a protector of tribes. The exact characteristics of the taniwha often changed, sometimes it was portrayed with wings, other times it was a serpent or a terrifying sea monster.


  • Features the legendary taniwha in all its glory.
  • Designed by renowned kiwi artist Dave Burke.
  • Limited to just 250 coins worldwide.
  • Minted from 0.9999 gold.
  • Packaged in an intricately carved wakahuia, made from New Zealand native heart rimu with paua shell inlays.  

The ferocity and detailed characteristics of the taniwha have been beautifully illustrated by Dave Burke in this 1oz gold proof coin minted from 0.9999 gold. This subject of many Māori myths and legends is portrayed emerging from turbulent waters, which were said to be its favoured habitat.

This unique $10 coin shines through with its detailed taniwha design, and features the denomination in both Māori and English. Each coin is accompanied by an individually numbered certificate of authenticity, and is packaged in an intricately carved wakahuia. Made from New Zealand native heart rimu, the wakahuia features a beautifully crafted taniwha design, with paua shell inlays for the eyes.

Hard to come by but sure to be appreciated, don’t delay in adding this piece to your collection.  

Denomination: Ten New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.9999 gold
Weight: 1oz
Diameter: 38.7mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom 
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Taniwha emerging out of the sea 
Designed by: Dave Burke, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit:  250
Mint: Royal Australian Mint

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Price: $3,449.00