New Zealand: Coin Type Two Cents - detailed information

New Zealand: Coin Type Two Cents (issued 1967 - 1988)
Coin TypeTwo Cents

The New Zealand two-cent coin was the second smallest denomination coin of the New Zealand dollar from the currency's introduction in 1967 to its demonetisation, along with the one-cent coin, on 30 April 1990. Its reverse featured two kowhai flowers, considered emblematic of New Zealand. The image was designed by Reginald George James Berry, who designed the reverses for all coins introduced that year.

Two Cents pieces were last issued for circulation in 1987. A further 24,000 were issued in 1988 sets.

According to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, a total of 440,370,000 (440 mln) circulation coins of the denomination were minted throughout its existence.

Counting coins in mint sets and proofs, a total of 441,152,065 (441 million) coins of the denomination were minted. This is the sum of all coins listed below, minus the estimated mintage of the "Bahamas mule" which is included in the figure for the regular circulation coins of this year.

The two cent coins were demonetised on 1 May 1990.

Obverse

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

Obverse InscriptionELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND [year]
Reverse

Two curved kowhai flowers and leaves surrounding the figure 2 [cents] at lower right. The artist's initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are in tiny letters under the last leaf.

Reverse Inscription2
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Two Cents (23)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Cents 1967 75,300,010 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1967
Two Cents 1967 (no date, Bahamas mule) 50,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II BAHAMA ISLANDS
Two Cents 1968 (mint sets only) 75,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1968
Two Cents 1969 20,560,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1969
Two Cents 1970 (mint sets only) 50,010 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1970
Two Cents 1971 15,070,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1971
Two Cents 1972 17,533,045 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1972
Two Cents 1973 38,573,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1973
Two Cents 1974 50,023,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1974
Two Cents 1975 20,025,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1975
Two Cents 1976 15,027,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1976
Two Cents 1977 20,012,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1977
Two Cents 1978 (mint sets only) 38,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1978
Two Cents 1979 (mint sets only) 41,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1979
Two Cents 1980 10,044,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1980
Two Cents 1981 25,043,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1981
Two Cents 1982 50,043,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1982
Two Cents 1983 15,043,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1983
Two Cents 1984 10,040,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1984
Two Cents 1985 22,532,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1985
Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only) 28,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1986
Two Cents 1987 36,278,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1987
Two Cents 1988 (mint sets only) 24,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1988
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Two Cents: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
From1967
To1988
Face Value2 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
MaterialBronze
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.0800
Mass (g)4.1400
Two Cents: Photos
ImageDetails
New Zealand - 2 Cents - 1975
Copyright: Numi Art Collection
Source
New Zealand - 2 Cents - 1975
Copyright: Numi Art Collection
Source