Fifty Cents (small), Coin Type from New Zealand - detailed information

Fifty Cents (small), Coin Type from New Zealand (issued 2006 - )
Coin TypeFifty Cents (small)

The New Zealand fifty-cent coin is a coin of the New Zealand dollar. It was the largest by denomination, diameter and mass to have been introduced on the decimalisation of the currency on 10 July 1967, replacing the pre-decimal crown coin (five shillings).

On 31 July 2006, as part of a revision of New Zealand's coinage, the fifty cent was made smaller, lighter and of a cheaper alloy (nickel-plated steel). On 1 November of that year the previous larger fifty cent coin was demonetised.

Both the larger and smaller coin feature on their reverse the HMS Endeavour on which Captain Cook became the first Briton to reach New Zealand, in October 1769. The obverse, as on all New Zealand coins, features the reigning monarch.

Obverse

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend (in English), date.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch, date
Reverse

The reverse features the barque Endeavour sailing south. HMS Endeavour was the ship on which Captain Cook became the first Briton to reach New Zealand in October 1769. Mount Taranaki (Egmont) is seen in the distance; above left, the denomination 50 [cents]; below, ENDEAVOUR.

The artist's initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are in tiny letters on the coastline to the right of ship.

Reverse Inscription 50 ENDEAVOUR
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Fifty Cents (small) - (17) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 2006 70,200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2006
Fifty Cents 2007 (mint sets only) 9,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2007
Fifty Cents 2008 (mint sets only) 8,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2008
Fifty Cents 2009 20,003,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2009
Fifty Cents 2010 (mint sets only) 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2010
Fifty Cents 2011 (mint sets only) 4,700 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2011
Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only) 4,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012
Fifty Cents 2013 (mint sets only) 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2013
Fifty Cents 2014 8,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2014
Fifty Cents 2015 12,700,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015
Fifty Cents 2016 6,001,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Fifty Cents 2017 (proof only) 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2017
Fifty Cents 2018 6,001,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2018
Fifty Cents 2019 21,001,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2019
Fifty Cents 2020 8,201,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2020
Fifty Cents 2021 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2021
Fifty Cents 2022 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2022
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Fifty Cents (small): Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Sub-type ofFifty Cents
From2006
Face Value50 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated steel
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size24.750 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass5.150 g