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Coin type: Two Dollars
Description

The New Zealand two-dollar coin is the largest-denomination coin of the New Zealand dollar. It was introduced along with the one-dollar coin in 1990. Both are made from an alloy of aluminium and brass. It is the largest and heaviest coin in circulation, weighing ten grams and measuring 26.5 millimetres in diameter. Its thickness is 2.7 mm, only 0.4 mm thinner than the one-dollar coin, thus it is the second-thickest coin in the country's circulation.

Alloy composition: 92% copper, 6% aluminium, 2% nickel.

The edge is "fully milled plus an incuse channel and 10 raised dimples within".

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Sub-type of Sub-types Two Dollars (one year types)
Face value2 (x Dollar)
Years produced1990 - ? CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze DesignerRobert Maurice Conly
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)26.5000 Thickness (mm)2.7000
Mass (g)10
Obverse

Portrait of the monarch, legend, date.

Obverse inscriptionLegend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

The reverse features an eastern great egret (a type of white heron, Ardea alba modesta; in Maori: kotuku). It is sacred to New Zealand's indigenous Māori people, and highly endangered within the country, only inhabiting the Okarito Lagoon on the South Island.

Kotuku or white heron have always been rare in New Zealand and are revered by both Māori and pakeha for its elegant white feathers. This graceful bird has long, slender legs and a long, thin S-shaped neck, which has a distinct kink when flying. Kotuku are specially adapted for wading in shallow, muddy waterways: it has long legs that are bare of feathers to well above the ankle joint and long spreading toes. In New Zealand it only breeds near Whataroa, South Westland, between September and January.

Reverse inscriptionTWO DOLLARS
EdgeGrooved Edge inscriptionNone
Two Dollars: Photos

$2 1997
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$2 1993 Kingfisher Type
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Notes: 1993 only.
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$2 1993 Kingfisher Type
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$2 1995
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$2 2003 Circulating type
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List of 25 coins of type: Two Dollars from New Zealand
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Two Dollars 1990 30,018,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1990
Two Dollars 1991 10,035,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1991
Two Dollars 1992 (mint sets only) 24,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1992
Two Dollars 1993 Kingfisher 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1993
Two Dollars 1994 (mint sets only) 11,600 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1994
Two Dollars 1995 (mint sets only) 9,560 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1995
Two Dollars 1996 (mint sets only) 7,719 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1996
Two Dollars 1997 1,006,282 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1997
Two Dollars 1998 6,002,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1998
Two Dollars 1999 5,052,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 1999
Two Dollars 2000 (mint sets only) 4,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2000
Two Dollars 2001 3,004,910 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2001
Two Dollars 2002 6,005,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2002
Two Dollars 2003 6,006,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2003
Two Dollars 2004 (mint sets only) 6,300 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2004
Two Dollars 2005 5,006,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2005
Two Dollars 2006 (mint sets only) 5,100 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2006
Two Dollars 2007 (mint sets only) 9,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2007
Two Dollars 2008 8,007,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2008
Two Dollars 2009 (mint sets only) 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2009
Two Dollars 2010 (mint sets only) 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2010
Two Dollars 2011 8,004,700 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2011
Two Dollars 2012 (mint sets only) 4,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012
Two Dollars 2014 7,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2014
Two Dollars 2015 3,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015
Two Dollars: Some useful external links
$2 coin - Reserve Bank of New Zealand Wikipedia: New Zealand two-dollar coin