Two Dollars, Coin Type from New Zealand - detailed information

Two Dollars, Coin Type from New Zealand (issued 1990 - )
Coin TypeTwo Dollars

The New Zealand two-dollar coin ($2) is the largest-denomination coin of the New Zealand Dollar. It was introduced along with the one-dollar coin in 1990, replacing an earlier banknote. Both are made from an alloy of aluminium and brass. It is the largest and heaviest coin in circulation, weighing ten grams and measuring 26.5 millimetres in diameter. Its thickness is 2.7 mm, only 0.4 mm thinner than the one-dollar coin, thus it is the second-thickest coin in the country's circulation.

The reverse design by New Zealand artist Robert Maurice Conly has not changed since the introduction of the denomination.

The composition of the alloy is: 92% copper, 6% aluminium, 2% nickel. The edge is "fully milled plus an incuse channel and 10 raised dimples within" (a "security groove").

Obverse
New Zealand / Two Dollars - obverse photo

Portrait of the ruling monarch, legend, date.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch, date
Reverse
New Zealand / Two Dollars - reverse photo

The reverse features an eastern great egret (a type of white heron, Ardea alba modesta; in Maori: kotuku) below curved decorations. The bird is sacred to New Zealand's indigenous Māori people, and highly endangered within the country, only inhabiting the Okarito Lagoon on the South Island.

Kotuku or white heron have always been rare in New Zealand and are revered by both Māori and pakeha for its elegant white feathers. This graceful bird has long, slender legs and a long, thin S-shaped neck, which has a distinct kink when flying. Kotuku are specially adapted for wading in shallow, muddy waterways: it has long legs that are bare of feathers to well above the ankle joint and long spreading toes. In New Zealand it only breeds near Whataroa, South Westland, between September and January.

The value and denomination, TWO DOLLARS, is curved below the bird.

Reverse Inscription TWO DOLLARS
EdgeSecurity grooveEdge InscriptionNone
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Two Dollars: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Sub-types Two Dollars (one year types)
From1990
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerRobert Maurice Conly
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size26.5000 mm
Thickness2.7000 mm
Mass10.0000 g
Two Dollars: Photos
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Two Dollars: Photo $2 1997 $2 1997
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Two Dollars: Photo $2 1993 Kingfisher Type $2 1993 Kingfisher Type
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Notes: 1993 only.
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Two Dollars: Photo $2 1993 Kingfisher Type $2 1993 Kingfisher Type
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Two Dollars: Photo $2 1995 $2 1995
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Two Dollars: Photo $2 2003 Circulating type $2 2003 Circulating type
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