Wahine 50 Anniversary Silver Proof Coin

Despite his many years of experience, there was no way that Captain HG Robertson could have prepared any better for the battering that awaited the Wahine as she sailed into Wellington Harbour early on the morning of 10 April 1968.


  • 2oz silver proof
  • Minted from 0.999 silver with selective colour
  • Features a digitally printed, colour image of the Wahine in its prime
  • Limited worldwide mintage of just 400
  • Unique compass pattern encircling the centre image
  • A koru pattern in the background represents gentle waves as well as symbolising new beginnings and ancestry
  • Each coin comes with a unique numbered certificate.

The overnight cruise into Wellington Harbour was nothing new to Captain HG Robertson and many of the 734 passengers and crew on board. Turbulent Cook Strait crossings were reasonably frequent. However, this night no-one was prepared for the raging storm that occurred when Cyclone Giselle ripped down the coast and collided with a southerly front. The result was one of the worst recorded storms in New Zealand’s maritime history.

This beautifully designed 2oz silver proof coin commemorates this dark day in New Zealand’s maritime history, with a digital, colour print of the Wahine in its prime taking centre stage. A maritime compass encircles the ship, while a koru pattern in the background creates the effect of gentle waves and also symbolises new beginnings and ancestry.

Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof 
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 2 troy oz
Diameter: 50mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: T.E.V. Wahine
Designed by: Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post
Worldwide mintage limit: 400
Mint: BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH

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Price: $259.00
Wahine 50 Anniversary

Take a look at the commemorative stamps that were also part of this issue. Click here to find out more.