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.


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

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch, date

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) - (14) Coins
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Fifty Cents (small): Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Sub-type ofFifty Cents
Face Value50 (x Cent)
MaterialNickel-plated steel
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Size24.750 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass5.150 g