Twenty Cents (large, kiwi), Coin Type from New Zealand - detailed information

Twenty Cents (large, kiwi), Coin Type from New Zealand (issued 1967 - 1990)
Coin TypeTwenty Cents (large, kiwi)

On 10 July 1967, New Zealand's former pre-decimal pound currency, pegged to the British pound, was changed to a decimal dollar at a rate of two dollars to a pound. Therefore, 20 cents was worth a tenth of a pound. The 20 cent coin replaced the florin coin which had been worth two shillings, or a tenth of a pound.

Like the florin, the new 20 cent coin was made of cupronickel, 28.58 mm in diameter, 11.31 grams in weight, and had 100% edge milling. The 20 cent coin retained the presence of a kiwi bird on the reverse of the florin, albeit in a different design.

The original obverses of 20 cent coins depicted Arnold Machin's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1986 the portrait was changed to the one by Raphael Maklouf, which had been introduced to the coins of the pound sterling in the previous year. Mintings of this coin from 1990 are rare.

Obverse

Portrait of the monarch (only Queen Elizabeth II throughout the existence of the coin type), legend, date.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

Kiwi bird facing right; at right and curving above, a fern bush; below its head, the denomination 20 [cents]; the artist's initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are in small letters in the base of the fern.

Reverse Inscription 20
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Twenty Cents (large, kiwi) - (23) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Cents 1967 13,300,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1967
Twenty Cents 1968 (mint sets only) 75,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1968
Twenty Cents 1969 2,600,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1969
Twenty Cents 1970 (mint sets only) 50,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1970
Twenty Cents 1971 1,620,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1971
Twenty Cents 1972 1,539,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1972
Twenty Cents 1973 3,051,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1973
Twenty Cents 1974 4,535,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1974
Twenty Cents 1975 5,027,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1975
Twenty Cents 1976 7,527,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1976
Twenty Cents 1977 7,532,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1977
Twenty Cents 1978 2,538,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1978
Twenty Cents 1979 8,041,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1979
Twenty Cents 1980 9,044,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1980
Twenty Cents 1981 7,543,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1981
Twenty Cents 1982 17,543,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1982
Twenty Cents 1983 2,543,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1983
Twenty Cents 1984 1,543,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1984
Twenty Cents 1985 6,032,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1985
Twenty Cents 1986 12,528,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1986
Twenty Cents 1987 14,028,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1987
Twenty Cents 1988 12,524,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1988
Twenty Cents 1989 5,023,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1989
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Twenty Cents (large, kiwi): Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Sub-type ofTwenty Cents
From1967
To1990
Face Value20 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size28.580 mm
Thickness2.220 mm
Mass11.310 g
Twenty Cents (large, kiwi): Photos
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Coin - 20 Cents, New Zealand, 1967
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Coin - 20 Cents, New Zealand, 1967
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