New Zealand: Coin Type Shilling - detailed information

New Zealand: Coin Type Shilling (issued 1933 - 1965)
Coin TypeShilling

Initially, British and Australian coins circulated in New Zealand. The devaluation of the New Zealand pound relative to sterling in the 1930s led to the issue of distinct New Zealand coins in 1933, in denominations of 3d, 6d, 1s, 2s (the florin) and 2½s (the half-crown), minted in 50% silver until 1946 and in cupro-nickel from 1947. In 1940, bronze ½d and 1d coins were introduced. All these denominations were the same size and weight as their equivalents in the Australian and UK coinage (although Australia never minted the half-crown).

According to Encyclopaedia of New Zealand 1966, the original specifications for the coin were (in measurement units of the time):

Diameter of Coin: 0.931 inches
Standard Weight: 87.27272 grains
Remedy Allowance (margin of error in weight): 0.578 grains

In regards to statistics, it has to be noted that the mintage figures provided by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand include, in some cases (like the 1953 mintages), the proof issue of the year while in most other cases they do not.

According to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the total mintage of the denomination during its existence was 30,847,364 (31 mln).

Counting the (few) known proof mintages, the total mintage adds up to 30,872,634 (31 mln).

Of them, 12,540,604 (13 mln) were silver and 18,332,030 (18 mln) were cupronickel.

The sixpence, shilling, and florin (2 shilling), although rarely seen in circulation, remained legal tender as late as 2006, being used as the identical size and value of its decimal successors: the 5c (cents), 10c, and 20c coins respectively. They were demonetised on 31 October 2006, when the 5c coin and the original 10c and 20c coins were withdrawn from circulation.

Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

During the existence of the denomination, ruling monarchs for whom shilling coins were minted were King George V, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. No coins were minted for King Edward VIII during his short reign.

After the Independence of India in 1947, the title "Emperor" was dropped from the legend of King George VI.

Obverse Inscription
Reverse

A figure of a Maori warrior in warlike attitude carrying a taiaha (close-quarters staff weapon made from either wood or whalebone).

Reverse InscriptionNEW ZEALAND SHILLING [year]
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Shilling (28)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Shilling 1933 2,000,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1934 3,400,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1935 1,680,364 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1937 890,200 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1940 500,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1941 360,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1942 240,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1943 900,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1944 480,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1945 1,030,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1946 1,060,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1947 2,800,020 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1948 1,000,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1950 600,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1951 1,200,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1952 600,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1953 207,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1955 200,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1956 800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1957 800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1958 1,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1959 600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1960 600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Shilling 1961 400,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1962 1,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1963 600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1964 1,400,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1965 4,525,010 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
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Shilling: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Sub-types Shilling (Silver)
Shilling (CuproNickel)
From1933
To1965
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Material
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)23
Mass (g)5.7000
Shilling: Photos
ImageDetails
New Zealand 1934 shilling
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Author:
Notes: Maori warrior (1933 - 1965).
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New Zealand 1934 shilling
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Author:
Notes: King George V (1933 - 1935).
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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1937
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Author:
Notes: King George VI, Emperor (1937 - 1947).
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Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1948
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Author:
Notes: King George VI (1948 - 1952).
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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1964
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1965).
Source