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Coin: Two Dollars 1997

The 1997 New Zealand $2 coin was recalled quickly and destroyed because it was slightly wider than the earlier $2 coins, causing it to get stuck in vending machines and parking meters.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value2 (x Dollar) TypeTwo Dollars
Year1997 CurrentYes
Mintage1,006,282 (1.0 million)
NameMint markMintage
South African Mint No mint mark 1,000,000 (1.0 million)
Royal Mint No mint mark 6,282 (6282)
MaterialAluminium-Bronze DesignerRobert Maurice Conly
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)26.5000 Thickness (mm)2.7000
Mass (g)10

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing necklace facing right (effigy known as the "Third portrait"); around, ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND; below, the date 1997. Incuse in tiny letters on neck truncation, RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1997

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.

Reverse inscription


EdgeGrooved Edge inscription


Two Dollars 1997: Known varieties
In sets (Royal Mint) 4,150 (included in main number)
Proof (Royal Mint) 2,132 (included in main number)
Two Dollars 1997: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 79
Two Dollars 1997: References to Information Used
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link Circulation mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Sets and proof mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Sets and proof
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