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Coin: Fifty Cents 1972
Description

The New Zealand fifty-cent coin is a coin of the New Zealand dollar. It was the largest by denomination, diameter and mass to have been introduced on the decimalisation of the currency on 10 July 1967, replacing the pre-decimal crown coin (five shillings).

Large fifty cent coins issued in 1972 circulated for 34 years before they were replaced with a smaller type and demonetised on 31 October 2006.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents (large)
Year1972 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage1,431,045 (1.4 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 1,431,045 (1.4 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerReginald George James Berry
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)31.7500 Thickness (mm)2.3300
Mass (g)13.6100
Obverse

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1972.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1972
Reverse

The reverse features the barque Endeavour sailing south. HMS Endeavour was the ship on which Captain Cook became the first Briton to reach New Zealand in October 1769. Mount Taranaki (Egmont) is seen in the distance; above left, the denomination 50 [cents]; below, ENDEAVOUR.

The artist's initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are in tiny letters on the coastline to the right of ship.

Reverse inscription50 ENDEAVOUR
EdgeMilled (interrupted, in five sections) Edge inscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 1972: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In sets 15,000 (included in main number)
Proof 8,045 (included in main number)
Fifty Cents 1972: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 37.1
Fifty Cents 1972: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link Circulation mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof and sets mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof and sets
Fifty Cents 1972 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Australian MintUncirculated (UNC) 10.02 9.97 9.92 9.88
Royal Australian MintFine (F) 1.99 1.97 1.95 1.94
Fifty Cents 1972 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Australian MintProofProof FDC 9.96 9.86 9.75 9.65
Royal Australian MintProofProof 14.36 14.06 13.75 13.45
Royal Australian MintGem Uncirculated 3.49 3.45 3.41 3.38
Royal Australian MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1.99 1.97 1.95 1.93
Royal Australian MintUncirculated (UNC) 1.62 1.10 0.57 0.05
Royal Australian MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 0.49 0.48 0.47 0.47
Historic values in NZD for Fifty Cents 1972 / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1972 / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1972 / Proof / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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List of all (53) coins of type: New Zealand / Fifty Cents
Fifty Cents 1967 Fifty Cents 1968 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1969 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1970 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1971 Fifty Cents 1972
Fifty Cents 1973 Fifty Cents 1974 Fifty Cents 1975 Fifty Cents 1976 Fifty Cents 1977 Fifty Cents 1978
Fifty Cents 1979 Fifty Cents 1980 Fifty Cents 1981 Fifty Cents 1982 Fifty Cents 1983 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1984
Fifty Cents 1985 Fifty Cents 1986 Fifty Cents 1987 Fifty Cents 1988 Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only)
Fifty Cents 1990 150th Anniversary Fifty Cents 1991 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1993 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1994 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1995 (mint sets only)
Fifty Cents 1996 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1997 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1998 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1999 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 2000 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 2001
Fifty Cents 2002 Fifty Cents 2003 Fifty Cents 2004 Fifty Cents 2005 Fifty Cents 2006 (large, mint sets only) Fifty Cents 2006
Fifty Cents 2007 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 2008 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 2009 Fifty Cents 2010 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 2011 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only)
Fifty Cents 2013 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 2014 Fifty Cents 2015 Fifty Cents 2015 ANZAC Fifty Cents 2016