Five Cents, Coin Type from New Zealand - detailed information

Five Cents, Coin Type from New Zealand (issued 1967 - 2006)
Coin TypeFive Cents

The New Zealand five-cent coin was the lowest denomination coin of the New Zealand dollar from 1990 to 2006. The five-cent coin was introduced when the New Zealand dollar was introduced on 10 July 1967, replacing the New Zealand sixpence coin, which - having exactly the same dimensions - remained legal tender and in parallel use.

The reverse of the five cents featured a tuatara (a lizard-like reptile, the last surviving member of an otherwise extinct family). The image was designed by Reginald George James Berry, who designed the reverses for all coins introduced that year. The one exception was a five cent coin distributed in the 150th Anniversary mint sets in 1990, featuring a kotuku bird.

The composition was 75% copper and 25% nickel.

On 31 July 2006 it was eliminated as part of a revision of New Zealand's coins, and it was demonetised (no longer legal tender) as of 1 November 2006. Many were recalled and melted.

According to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, a total of 616,546,000 (617 mln) circulation coins of the denomination were minted throughout its existence.

Counting proofs and coins in mint sets, a total of 617,508,200 (618 million) coins of the denomination were minted during its existence.

Obverse

Effigy of the monarch (Queen Elizabeth II throughout the existence of the coin), legend, date.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND [year]
Reverse

The last surviving member of an otherwise extinct family of reptiles, the tuatara (a lizard-like reptile), native only to New Zealand, is shown sitting on a coastal rock. Above in the background, a gull flying. Below, the denomination 5 [cents]. The designer's initials, JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are to the left of the lizard's tail.

Reverse Inscription 5
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Five Cents - (41) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Five Cents 1967 New Zealand / Five Cents 1967 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1967 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 26,300,010
Five Cents 1968 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 75,000
Five Cents 1969 New Zealand / Five Cents 1969 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1969 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 10,310,000
Five Cents 1970 New Zealand / Five Cents 1970 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1970 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 11,172,020
Five Cents 1971 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 11,520,000
- Royal Mint: 20,000
Total Mintage: 11,540,000
Five Cents 1972 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 20,023,000
Five Cents 1973 New Zealand / Five Cents 1973 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1973 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 4,051,000
Five Cents 1974 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 18,023,000
Five Cents 1975 New Zealand / Five Cents 1975 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 32,025,000
Five Cents 1976 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 27,000
Five Cents 1977 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 32,000
Five Cents 1978 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: 20,038,000
Five Cents 1979 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: 41,000
Five Cents 1980 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Canadian Mint: 12,000,000
- Royal Mint: 44,000
Total Mintage: 12,044,000
Five Cents 1981 New Zealand / Five Cents 1981 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Canadian Mint: 20,000,000
- Royal Mint: 43,000
Total Mintage: 20,043,000
Five Cents 1982 New Zealand / Five Cents 1982 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1982 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Canadian Mint: 50,000,000
- Royal Mint: 43,000
Total Mintage: 50,043,000
Five Cents 1983 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 43,000
Five Cents 1984 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 40,000
Five Cents 1985 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Canadian Mint: 14,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 32,000
Total Mintage: 14,032,000
Five Cents 1986 New Zealand / Five Cents 1986 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1986 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Canadian Mint: 18,000,000
- Royal Mint: 28,000
Total Mintage: 18,028,000
Five Cents 1987 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Canadian Mint: 40,000,000
- Royal Mint: 28,000
Total Mintage: 40,028,000
Five Cents 1988 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Australian Mint: 16,000,000
- Royal Mint: 24,000
Total Mintage: 16,024,000
Five Cents 1989 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Canadian Mint: 36,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 23,500
Total Mintage: 36,023,500
Five Cents 1990 (150th Anniversary) New Zealand / Five Cents 1990 (150th Anniversary) - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1990 (150th Anniversary) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 17,000
Five Cents 1990 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 28,000
Five Cents 1991 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 35,000
Five Cents 1992 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 24,000
Five Cents 1993 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 25,000
Five Cents 1994 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 26,730,000
Five Cents 1995 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 33,290,000
Five Cents 1996 New Zealand / Five Cents 1996 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 1996 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Mint of Norway: 19,008,000
- Royal Mint: 7,719
Total Mintage: 19,015,719
Five Cents 1997 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Mint of Norway: 14,000,000
- Royal Mint: 6,282
Total Mintage: 14,006,282
Five Cents 1998 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- South African Mint: 8,000,000
- Royal Mint: 6,000
Total Mintage: 8,006,000
Five Cents 1999 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- South African Mint: 25,040,000
- Royal Mint: 4,999
Total Mintage: 25,044,999
Five Cents 2000 New Zealand / Five Cents 2000 - reverse photo New Zealand / Five Cents 2000 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Canadian Mint: 26,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 4,500
Total Mintage: 26,004,500
Five Cents 2001 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 20,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 4,274
Total Mintage: 20,004,274
Five Cents 2002 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 40,500,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 4,500
Total Mintage: 40,504,500
Five Cents 2003 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 30,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 4,496
Total Mintage: 30,004,496
Five Cents 2004 Material: CuproNickel
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 15,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 4,550
Total Mintage: 15,004,550
Five Cents 2005 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 5,250
Five Cents 2006 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 5,100
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Five Cents: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Sub-types Five Cents 150th Anniversary
From1967
To2006
Face Value5 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size19.430 mm
Thickness1.240 mm
Mass2.830 g
Five Cents: Photos
ImageDetails
5c 1967 Normal
Copyright: New Zealand Coin Errors and Varieties
Notes: Common reverse, tuatara (1967 - 2006).
Source
5 Cents 150th Anniversary Design
Copyright: New Zealand Coin Errors and Varieties
Notes: 1990 only.
Source
5 Cents 150th Anniversary Design
Copyright: New Zealand Coin Errors and Varieties
Source