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Coin: Half Crown 1940 (Centennial)
Description

To commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 by which the native chiefs ceded the sovereignty of New Zealand to the British Crown, the New Zealand Government authorised the issue of a half-crown of special design. This occasion was also marked by the issue of penny and halfpenny coins to complete the series of New Zealand coins of distinctive design.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Face value2 1/2 (x Shilling) TypeHalf Crown (Silver, Commemorative)
Year1940 CurrentNo (demonetised 1967)
Mintage100,800 (100800)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint London 100,800 (100800) No mint mark
MaterialSilver DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)32 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)14.1000
Obverse

Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; below neck in small letters the artist's initials, HP (Humphrey Paget).

Obverse inscription GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Reverse

A Maori woman standing facing with hands outstretched and radiant sun behind her head; on the left two Maori buildings, a warefuni (thatch hut) and a puhara (look-out stage) reflecting on the pre-white settlement era; on the right a skyscraper building representing New Zealand's commercial development; below, a scroll bearing the dates, 1840 1940; around above, NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: HALF CROWN.

Reverse inscription

NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: HALF CROWN 1840 1940

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

Original reference:

Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1939, p. 5.

Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof unknown
Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Photos
Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1940
Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1940
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Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1940
Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1940
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
source
Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Photo New Zealand 1940 1/2 crown
New Zealand 1940 1/2 crown
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
Author:
Notes: Proof.
source
Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Photo New Zealand 1940 1/2 crown
New Zealand 1940 1/2 crown
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
Author:
Notes: Proof.
source
Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 14
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide178
Australian Coin ChartNHC5
Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mint
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Circulation mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 Varieties Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
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Half Crown 1940 (Centennial) / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 194.97 200.86 206.75
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 149.07 147.88 146.69
Royal Mint LondonAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 79.19 78.32 77.44
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 40.26 40.14 40.03
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 37.22 38.49 39.76
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 26.00 26.20 26.39
Half Crown 1940 (Centennial) / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 58.12 56.19 54.25
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 33.51 32.17 30.83
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 22.35 22.42 22.49
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 15.19 15.23 15.27
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 12.23 12.32 12.40
Royal Mint LondonProofProof 5181.90 5142.31 5102.72
Historic values in NZD for Half Crown 1940 (Centennial) / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Half Crown 1940 (Centennial) / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Half Crown 1940 (Centennial) / Proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Coins New Zealand > NZ Pre Decimal coins (1933 to 1965) > Halfcrown > 1940
Half Crown 1940 (Centennial): Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1940 New Zealand 1940 1/2 crown - CoinFactsWiki
List of all (21) coins of type: New Zealand / Half Crown
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)