Shilling, Coin Type from New Zealand - detailed information

Shilling, Coin Type from New Zealand (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 They were demonetised on 31 October 2006, when the 5c coin and the original 10c and 20c coins were withdrawn from circulation.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 Inscription NEW ZEALAND SHILLING [year]
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Shilling - (28) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Shilling 1933 New Zealand / Shilling 1933 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1933 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,000,020
Shilling 1934 New Zealand / Shilling 1934 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1934 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,400,020
Shilling 1935 New Zealand / Shilling 1935 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1935 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,680,364
Shilling 1937 New Zealand / Shilling 1937 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1937 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 890,200
Shilling 1940 New Zealand / Shilling 1940 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1940 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 500,000
Shilling 1941 New Zealand / Shilling 1941 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1941 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 360,000
Shilling 1942 New Zealand / Shilling 1942 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1942 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 240,000
Shilling 1943 New Zealand / Shilling 1943 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1943 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 900,000
Shilling 1944 New Zealand / Shilling 1944 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1944 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 480,000
Shilling 1945 New Zealand / Shilling 1945 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1945 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,030,000
Shilling 1946 New Zealand / Shilling 1946 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1946 - obverse photo Material: Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,060,000
Shilling 1947 New Zealand / Shilling 1947 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1947 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,800,020
Shilling 1948 New Zealand / Shilling 1948 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1948 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Shilling 1950 New Zealand / Shilling 1950 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1950 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 600,000
Shilling 1951 New Zealand / Shilling 1951 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1951 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,200,000
Shilling 1952 New Zealand / Shilling 1952 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1952 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 600,000
Shilling 1953 New Zealand / Shilling 1953 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1953 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 207,000
Shilling 1955 New Zealand / Shilling 1955 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1955 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 200,000
Shilling 1956 New Zealand / Shilling 1956 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1956 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 800,000
Shilling 1957 New Zealand / Shilling 1957 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1957 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 800,000
Shilling 1958 New Zealand / Shilling 1958 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1958 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Shilling 1959 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 600,000
Shilling 1960 New Zealand / Shilling 1960 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1960 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 600,000
Shilling 1961 New Zealand / Shilling 1961 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1961 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 400,000
Shilling 1962 New Zealand / Shilling 1962 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1962 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Shilling 1963 New Zealand / Shilling 1963 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1963 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 600,000
Shilling 1964 New Zealand / Shilling 1964 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1964 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,400,000
Shilling 1965 New Zealand / Shilling 1965 - reverse photo New Zealand / Shilling 1965 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,525,010
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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
Size23.000 mm
Mass5.700 g
Shilling: Photos
ImageDetails
New Zealand 1934 shilling
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
Author:
Notes: Maori warrior (1933 - 1965).
Source
New Zealand 1934 shilling
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
Author:
Notes: King George V (1933 - 1935).
Source
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1937
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George VI, Emperor (1937 - 1947).
Source
Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1948
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: King George VI (1948 - 1952).
Source
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1964
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1965).
Source