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 is the largest-denomination coin of the New Zealand dollar. It was introduced along with the one-dollar coin in 1990. 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.

Alloy composition: 92% copper, 6% aluminium, 2% nickel.

The edge is "fully milled plus an incuse channel and 10 raised dimples within".

Obverse

Portrait of the ruling monarch, legend, date.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch, date
Reverse

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
EdgeGroovedEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Two Dollars - (30) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Two Dollars 1990 New Zealand / Two Dollars 1990 - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 1990 - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 30,018,000
Two Dollars 1991 New Zealand / Two Dollars 1991 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 10,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 35,000
Total Mintage: 10,035,000
Two Dollars 1992 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 1992 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 24,000
Two Dollars 1993 Kingfisher New Zealand / Two Dollars 1993 Kingfisher - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 1993 Kingfisher - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 50,000
Two Dollars 1994 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 1994 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 11,600
Two Dollars 1995 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 1995 (mint sets only) - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 1995 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 9,560
Two Dollars 1996 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 1996 (mint sets only) - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 1996 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,719
Two Dollars 1997 New Zealand / Two Dollars 1997 - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 1997 - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mints:
- South African Mint: 1,000,000
- Royal Mint: 6,282
Total Mintage: 1,006,282
Two Dollars 1998 New Zealand / Two Dollars 1998 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,002,000
Two Dollars 1999 New Zealand / Two Dollars 1999 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,054,999
Two Dollars 2000 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2000 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 4,500
Two Dollars 2001 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2001 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 3,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 4,910
Total Mintage: 3,004,910
Two Dollars 2002 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2002 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 6,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 5,000
Total Mintage: 6,005,000
Two Dollars 2003 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2003 - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 2003 - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 6,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 4,496
Total Mintage: 6,004,496
Two Dollars 2004 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2004 (mint sets only) - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 2004 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 6,300
Two Dollars 2005 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2005 - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 2005 - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 5,000,000
- Royal Australian Mint: 6,000
Total Mintage: 5,006,000
Two Dollars 2006 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2006 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 5,100
Two Dollars 2007 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2007 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 9,000
Two Dollars 2008 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2008 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 8,008,000
Two Dollars 2009 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2009 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Perth Mint
Mintage: 3,500
Two Dollars 2010 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2010 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Mintage: 3,500
Two Dollars 2011 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2011 - reverse photo New Zealand / Two Dollars 2011 - obverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 8,000,000
- Royal Dutch Mint: 4,700
Total Mintage: 8,004,700
Two Dollars 2012 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2012 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Mintage: 4,500
Two Dollars 2013 (mint sets only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2013 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Mintage: 6,000
Two Dollars 2014 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2014 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 7,000,000
Two Dollars 2015 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2015 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,000,000
Two Dollars 2016 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2016 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,000,000
Two Dollars 2017 (proof only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2017 (proof only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Mintage: 750
Two Dollars 2018 (proof only) New Zealand / Two Dollars 2018 (proof only) - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Mintage: 1,000
Two Dollars 2019 New Zealand / Two Dollars 2019 - reverse photo Material: Aluminium-Bronze
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 12,200,000
- Royal Dutch Mint: 1,000
Total Mintage: 12,201,000
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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
Size26.500 mm
Thickness2.700 mm
Mass10.000 g
Two Dollars: Photos
ImageDetails
$2 1997
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$2 1993 Kingfisher Type
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Notes: 1993 only.
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$2 1993 Kingfisher Type
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$2 1995
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$2 2003 Circulating type
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