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We know of 3 currency periods in New Zealand, being:

New Zealand Pound (1840 - 1967)
     

The pound (symbol £, or NZ£ for distinction) was the currency of New Zealand from 1840 until 1967, when it was replaced by the New Zealand dollar.

Like the British pound, it was subdivided into 20 shillings (symbol s) each of 12 pence (symbol d). As a result of the great depression of the early 1930s, the New Zealand agricultural export market to the UK was badly affected. The Australian banks, which controlled the New Zealand exchanges with London, decided to devalue the New Zealand pound in relation to sterling in the UK. By 1933, the New Zealand pound had fallen to a value of only 16 shillings sterling. In 1948 however, it was once again restored to its original sterling value. In 1967, New Zealand decimalised its currency, replacing the pound with the dollar at a rate of $2 = £1 (or $1 = 10s).

Crown 1935 - 1953
  Waitangi Crown 1935
  Royal Visit Crown 1949
  Coronation Crown 1953

Half Crown 1933 - 1965
  Half Crown 1933
  Half Crown 1934
  Half Crown 1935
  Half Crown 1937
  Half Crown 1940 (Centennial)
  Half Crown 1941
  Half Crown 1942
  Half Crown 1943
  Half Crown 1944
  Half Crown 1945
  Half Crown 1946
  Half Crown 1947
  Half Crown 1948
  Half Crown 1949
  Half Crown 1950
  Half Crown 1951
  Half Crown 1953
  Half Crown 1961
  Half Crown 1962
  Half Crown 1963
  Half Crown 1965 (mint sets only)

Florin 1933 - 1965
  Florin 1933
  Florin 1934
  Florin 1935
  Florin 1936
  Florin 1937
  Florin 1940
  Florin 1941
  Florin 1942
  Florin 1943
  Florin 1944
  Florin 1945
  Florin 1946
  Florin 1947
  Florin 1948
  Florin 1949
  Florin 1950
  Florin 1951
  Florin 1953
  Florin 1961
  Florin 1962
  Florin 1963
  Florin 1964
  Florin 1965

Shilling 1933 - 1965
  Shilling 1933
  Shilling 1934
  Shilling 1935
  Shilling 1937
  Shilling 1940
  Shilling 1941
  Shilling 1942
  Shilling 1943
  Shilling 1944
  Shilling 1945
  Shilling 1946
  Shilling 1947
  Shilling 1948
  Shilling 1950
  Shilling 1951
  Shilling 1952
  Shilling 1953
  Shilling 1955
  Shilling 1956
  Shilling 1957
  Shilling 1958
  Shilling 1959
  Shilling 1960
  Shilling 1961
  Shilling 1962
  Shilling 1963
  Shilling 1964
  Shilling 1965

Sixpence 1933 - 1965
  Sixpence 1933
  Sixpence 1934
  Sixpence 1935
  Sixpence 1936
  Sixpence 1937
  Sixpence 1939
  Sixpence 1940
  Sixpence 1941
  Sixpence 1942
  Sixpence 1943
  Sixpence 1944
  Sixpence 1945
  Sixpence 1946
  Sixpence 1947
  Sixpence 1948
  Sixpence 1950
  Sixpence 1951
  Sixpence 1952
  Sixpence 1953
  Sixpence 1954
  Sixpence 1955
  Sixpence 1956
  Sixpence 1957
  Sixpence 1958
  Sixpence 1959
  Sixpence 1960
  Sixpence 1961
  Sixpence 1962
  Sixpence 1963
  Sixpence 1964
  Sixpence 1965

Threepence 1933 - 1965
  Threepence 1933
  Threepence 1934
  Threepence 1935
  Threepence 1936
  Threepence 1937
  Threepence 1939
  Threepence 1940
  Threepence 1941
  Threepence 1942
  Threepence 1943
  Threepence 1944
  Threepence 1945
  Threepence 1946
  Threepence 1947
  Threepence 1948
  Threepence 1950
  Threepence 1951
  Threepence 1952
  Threepence 1953
  Threepence 1954
  Threepence 1955
  Threepence 1956
  Threepence 1957
  Threepence 1958
  Threepence 1959
  Threepence 1960
  Threepence 1961
  Threepence 1962
  Threepence 1963
  Threepence 1964
  Threepence 1965

Penny 1940 - 1965
  Penny 1940
  Penny 1941
  Penny 1942
  Penny 1943
  Penny 1944
  Penny 1945
  Penny 1946
  Penny 1947
  Penny 1949
  Penny 1950
  Penny 1951
  Penny 1952
  Penny 1953
  Penny 1954
  Penny 1955
  Penny 1956
  Penny 1957
  Penny 1958
  Penny 1959
  Penny 1960
  Penny 1961
  Penny 1962
  Penny 1963
  Penny 1964
  Penny 1965 (mint sets only)

Halfpenny 1940 - 1965
  Halfpenny 1940
  Halfpenny 1941
  Halfpenny 1942
  Halfpenny 1944
  Halfpenny 1945
  Halfpenny 1946
  Halfpenny 1947
  Halfpenny 1949
  Halfpenny 1950
  Halfpenny 1951
  Halfpenny 1952
  Halfpenny 1953
  Halfpenny 1954
  Halfpenny 1955
  Halfpenny 1956
  Halfpenny 1957
  Halfpenny 1958
  Halfpenny 1959
  Halfpenny 1960
  Halfpenny 1961
  Halfpenny 1962
  Halfpenny 1963
  Halfpenny 1964
  Halfpenny 1965


New Zealand Dollar (1967 - )
     

Prior to the introduction of the New Zealand dollar in 1967, the New Zealand pound was the currency of New Zealand, which had been distinct from the pound sterling since 1933. The pound used the £sd system, in which the pound was divided into 20 shillings and one shilling was divided into 12 pence, which by the 1950s was considered complicated and cumbersome.

Switching to decimal currency had been proposed in New Zealand since the 1930s, although only in the 1950s did any plans come to fruition. In 1957, a committee was set up by the Government to investigate decimal currency. The idea fell on fertile ground, and in 1963, the Government decided to decimalise New Zealand currency.

The Decimal Currency Act was passed in 1964, setting the date of transition to 10 July 1967. Words such as "kiwi" and "zeal" were proposed to avoid confusion with the word "dollar", which many people at the time associated with the United States dollar. In the end, the word "dollar" was chosen anyway, and an anthropomorphic dollar note cartoon character called "Mr. Dollar" became the symbol of transition in a huge publicity campaign.

The Decimal Currency Act prescribed the designs, diameters, and standard weights of the decimal coins. The reverses of the new decimal coins were all designed by Reginald George James Berry (known as James) of Wellington. The obverse design was by Arnold Machin (later superseded by other effigies of Her majesty).

On Monday 10 July 1967 ("Decimal Currency Day"), the New Zealand dollar was introduced to replace the pound at a rate of two dollars to one pound (one dollar to ten shillings, ten cents to one shilling, 5⁄6 cent to a penny). Some 27 million new banknotes were printed and 165 million new coins were minted for the changeover.

Two Dollars 1990 -
  Two Dollars 1990
  Two Dollars 1991
  Two Dollars 1992 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 1993 Kingfisher
  Two Dollars 1994 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 1995 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 1996 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 1997
  Two Dollars 1998
  Two Dollars 1999
  Two Dollars 2000 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 2001
  Two Dollars 2002
  Two Dollars 2003
  Two Dollars 2004 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 2005
  Two Dollars 2006 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 2007 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 2008
  Two Dollars 2009 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 2010 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 2011
  Two Dollars 2012 (mint sets only)
  Two Dollars 2014
  Two Dollars 2015

One Dollar 1967 -
  One Dollar 1967
  One Dollar 1969 Captain Cook
  One Dollar 1970 Cook Islands
  One Dollar 1970 Mount Cook (Royal Visit)
  One Dollar 1971
  One Dollar 1972
  One Dollar 1973
  One Dollar 1974 Commonwealth Games
  One Dollar 1974 New Zealand Day
  One Dollar 1975
  One Dollar 1976
  One Dollar 1977 Waitangi Day
  One Dollar 1978 Opening of Parliament (Beehive)
  One Dollar 1979
  One Dollar 1980 Fantail
  One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit
  One Dollar 1982 Takahe Bird
  One Dollar 1983 Royal Visit
  One Dollar 1983 50 Years NZ Coinage
  One Dollar 1984 Black Robin
  One Dollar 1985 Black Stilt
  One Dollar 1986 Royal Visit
  One Dollar 1986 Kakapo
  One Dollar 1987 National Parks
  One Dollar 1988 Penguin
  One Dollar 1989 Runner
  One Dollar 1989 Gymnast
  One Dollar 1989 Swimmer
  One Dollar 1989 Weight lifter
  One Dollar 1990 Treaty of Waitangi
  One Dollar 1990
  One Dollar 1991
  One Dollar 1992 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 1993 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 1994 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 1995 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 1996 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 1997 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 1998 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 1999 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 2000
  One Dollar 2001 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 2002
  One Dollar 2003
  One Dollar 2004
  One Dollar 2005
  One Dollar 2006 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 2007 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 2008
  One Dollar 2009 (mint sets only)
  One Dollar 2010
  One Dollar 2011 (mints sets only)
  One Dollar 2012 (mints sets only)
  One Dollar 2013
  One Dollar 2015

Fifty Cents 1967 -
  Fifty Cents 1967
  Fifty Cents 1968 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1969 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1970 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1971
  Fifty Cents 1972
  Fifty Cents 1973
  Fifty Cents 1974
  Fifty Cents 1975
  Fifty Cents 1976
  Fifty Cents 1977
  Fifty Cents 1978
  Fifty Cents 1979
  Fifty Cents 1980
  Fifty Cents 1981
  Fifty Cents 1982
  Fifty Cents 1983 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1984
  Fifty Cents 1985
  Fifty Cents 1986
  Fifty Cents 1987
  Fifty Cents 1988
  Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1990 150th Anniversary
  Fifty Cents 1991 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1993 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1994 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1995 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1996 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1997 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1998 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 1999 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 2000 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 2001
  Fifty Cents 2002
  Fifty Cents 2003
  Fifty Cents 2004
  Fifty Cents 2005
  Fifty Cents 2006 (large, mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 2006
  Fifty Cents 2007 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 2008 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 2009
  Fifty Cents 2010 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 2011 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only)
  Fifty Cents 2014
  Fifty Cents 2015 ANZAC
  Fifty Cents 2015

Twenty Cents 1967 -
  Twenty Cents 1967
  Twenty Cents 1968 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1969
  Twenty Cents 1970 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1971
  Twenty Cents 1972
  Twenty Cents 1973
  Twenty Cents 1974
  Twenty Cents 1975
  Twenty Cents 1976
  Twenty Cents 1977
  Twenty Cents 1978
  Twenty Cents 1979
  Twenty Cents 1980
  Twenty Cents 1981
  Twenty Cents 1982
  Twenty Cents 1983
  Twenty Cents 1984
  Twenty Cents 1985
  Twenty Cents 1986
  Twenty Cents 1987
  Twenty Cents 1988
  Twenty Cents 1989
  Twenty Cents 1990
  Twenty Cents 1990 150th Anniversary
  Twenty Cents 1991 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1992 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1993 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1994 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1995 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1996 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1997 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1998 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 1999 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2000 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2001 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2002
  Twenty Cents 2003 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2004
  Twenty Cents 2005
  Twenty Cents 2006 (large, mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2006
  Twenty Cents 2007 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2008
  Twenty Cents 2009 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2010 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2011 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2012 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2013 (mint sets only)
  Twenty Cents 2014
  Twenty Cents 2015

Ten Cents 1967 -
  Ten Cents 1967
  Ten Cents 1968 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1969
  Ten Cents 1970
  Ten Cents 1971
  Ten Cents 1972
  Ten Cents 1973
  Ten Cents 1974
  Ten Cents 1975
  Ten Cents 1976
  Ten Cents 1977
  Ten Cents 1978
  Ten Cents 1979
  Ten Cents 1980
  Ten Cents 1981
  Ten Cents 1982
  Ten Cents 1983 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1984 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1985
  Ten Cents 1986 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1987
  Ten Cents 1988
  Ten Cents 1989
  Ten Cents 1990 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1990 150th Anniversary
  Ten Cents 1991 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1992 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1993 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1994 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1995 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1996
  Ten Cents 1997
  Ten Cents 1998 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 1999 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 2000
  Ten Cents 2001
  Ten Cents 2002
  Ten Cents 2003
  Ten Cents 2004
  Ten Cents 2005
  Ten Cents 2006 (large, mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 2006
  Ten Cents 2007
  Ten Cents 2007 (tuatara, mint sets)
  Ten Cents 2008 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 2009
  Ten Cents 2010 (mint sets only)
  Ten Cents 2011
  Ten Cents 2012
  Ten Cents 2013
  Ten Cents 2014
  Ten Cents 2015

Five Cents 1967 - 2006
  Five Cents 1967
  Five Cents 1968 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1969
  Five Cents 1970
  Five Cents 1971
  Five Cents 1972
  Five Cents 1973
  Five Cents 1974
  Five Cents 1975
  Five Cents 1976 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1977 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1978
  Five Cents 1979 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1980
  Five Cents 1981
  Five Cents 1982
  Five Cents 1983 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1984 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1985
  Five Cents 1986
  Five Cents 1987
  Five Cents 1988
  Five Cents 1989
  Five Cents 1990 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1990 (150th Anniversary)
  Five Cents 1991 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1992 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1993 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 1994
  Five Cents 1995
  Five Cents 1996
  Five Cents 1997
  Five Cents 1998
  Five Cents 1999
  Five Cents 2000
  Five Cents 2001
  Five Cents 2002
  Five Cents 2003
  Five Cents 2004
  Five Cents 2005 (mint sets only)
  Five Cents 2006 (mint sets only)

Two Cents 1967 - 1988
  Two Cents 1967
  Two Cents 1967 (no date, Bahamas mule)
  Two Cents 1968 (mint sets only)
  Two Cents 1969
  Two Cents 1970 (mint sets only)
  Two Cents 1971
  Two Cents 1972
  Two Cents 1973
  Two Cents 1974
  Two Cents 1975
  Two Cents 1976
  Two Cents 1977
  Two Cents 1978 (mint sets only)
  Two Cents 1979 (mint sets only)
  Two Cents 1980
  Two Cents 1981
  Two Cents 1982
  Two Cents 1983
  Two Cents 1984
  Two Cents 1985
  Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only)
  Two Cents 1987
  Two Cents 1988 (mint sets only)

One Cent 1967 - 1988
  One Cent 1967
  One Cent 1968 (mint sets only)
  One Cent 1969 (mint sets only)
  One Cent 1970
  One Cent 1971
  One Cent 1972
  One Cent 1973
  One Cent 1974
  One Cent 1975
  One Cent 1976
  One Cent 1977 (mint sets only)
  One Cent 1978
  One Cent 1979
  One Cent 1980
  One Cent 1981
  One Cent 1982
  One Cent 1983
  One Cent 1984
  One Cent 1985
  One Cent 1986
  One Cent 1987
  One Cent 1988 (mint sets only)


Pound Sterling (pre-decimal) (1840 - 1935)
     

In 1840 Captain William Hobson, RN, the first Governor of New Zealand, extended British laws to New Zealand and with this, the standard gold, silver and bronze British coins were allowed to circulate freely in New Zealand.

On 1 February 1935 British coins ceased to be legal tender. New Zealand then became the last and most remote of the self-governing dominions of the British Commonwealth to introduce its own coinage.