New Zealand: Coin Type Sixpence - detailed information

New Zealand: Coin Type Sixpence (issued 1933 - 1965)
Coin TypeSixpence

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: 0.765 inches
Standard Weight: 43.63636 grains
Remedy Allowance (margin of error in weight): 0.346 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 59,547,364 (60 mln).

Counting the (few) known proof mintages, the total mintage adds up to 59,572,434 (60 mln).

Of them, 18,340,404 (18 mln) were silver and 41,232,030 (41 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 They were demonetised on 31 October 2006, when the 5c coin and the original 10c and 20c coins were withdrawn from circulation.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 sixpence 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 huia bird perched on a branch.

Reverse InscriptionNEW ZEALAND SIXPENCE [year]
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Sixpence (31)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sixpence 1933 3,000,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1934 3,600,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1935 560,364 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1936 1,580,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1937 1,280,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1939 700,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1940 800,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1941 440,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1942 360,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1943 1,800,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1944 1,160,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1945 940,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1946 2,120,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1947 3,200,020 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1948 2,000,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Sixpence 1950 800,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Sixpence 1951 1,800,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Sixpence 1952 3,200,000 King George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Sixpence 1953 1,207,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1954 1,200,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1955 1,600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1956 2,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1957 2,400,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1958 3,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1959 2,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1960 1,600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1961 800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1962 1,200,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1963 800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1964 3,800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1965 8,625,010 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
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Sixpence: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Sub-types Sixpence (Silver)
Sixpence (CuproNickel)
From1933
To1965
Face Value6 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Material
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)19
Mass (g)2.9000
Sixpence: Photos
ImageDetails
New Zealand 1940 6 pence
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Notes: Huia (bird) on a branch (1933 - 1965).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1935
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Notes: Notes: King George V (1933 - 1936).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1937
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Notes: King George VI, Emperor (1937 - 1947).
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Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1951
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Notes: King George VI (1948 - 1952).
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
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Author:
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1965).
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