2017 Taniwha 5oz Gold Proof Coin

This 5oz gold proof coin captures all the intricate details of the taniwha. Each scale and facial feature can clearly be seen in this detailed portrayal. Other cultures have dragons, serpents or other mythical beasts at the heart of their myths and legends, New Zealand has the taniwha.


  • Features the legendary taniwha in all its glory.
  • Designed by renowned kiwi artist Dave Burke.
  • Limited to just 50 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 5oz 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 $150 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. The deep stain of this treasure box reflects traditional wakahuia of times gone by.

Denomination: One hundred and fifty New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.9999 gold
Weight: 5oz
Diameter: 59.80mm
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:  50
Mint: Royal Australian Mint 

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Price: $12,999.00