Legal tender coins to mark 2013

20 May 2013

Legal tender coins to mark 2013

New Zealand Post has released the 2013 edition in its ongoing series of currency coin sets – with each denomination of legal tender coin being produced annually.

As stamps and coins spokesman Simon Allison explains, the coins we see each day aren't usually produced every calendar year – with the Reserve Bank only producing coins as the need arises.

“So last year for example, they only produced 10 cent coins, as there was a sufficient supply of other coin denominations in circulation. And in 2011 they produced 10 cent coins and $2 coins – but nothing else in terms of coinage.

“The only way to get a full set of each year’s currency coins is through New Zealand Post’s annual currency sets.”

New Zealand Post is authorised by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand as the only official issuer of legal tender New Zealand commemorative coins.

“This set has each denomination of coin – available in proof quality or brilliant uncirculated quality - with 2013 as the year of issue.

“We reckon these sets will go down a storm with collectors, plus they make a great gift for special occasions happening in 2013, and a nice memento for people visiting New Zealand.

“If you know someone who’s expecting a baby this year, or there’s a wedding in the family, these would make a clever and poignant gift.

This annual series of currency coins will each year highlight a New Zealand city – with the nation’s capital, Wellington, being featured in the packaging for the 2013 set.

The sets come in two varieties:

  • A ‘Brilliant uncirculated’ set, which retails for $49.90 and includes all denominations of New Zealand currency coins – dated as 2013. Mintage is limited to 2,000 worldwide.
  • A limited edition (maximum 1,500 worldwide) proof quality currency set, which retails for $119.90. In addition to the full set of coins in proof quality and dated as 2013, this set also includes the 2013 New Zealand Annual Coin – with a face value of $5 - featuring the short-tailed bat. This unique and ancient species of bat is listed by DOC as a ‘species of highest conservation priority’.

The 2013 New Zealand Currency Sets are available from 20 May through selected PostShops, at REAL Aotearoa stores in Auckland and Wellington, online at or by phoning 0800 NZCOINS.


For more information please contact:
Trudy Kirkbeck, Marketing Specialist - Stamps and Coins, New Zealand Post on 04 496 4392 or