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Coin: Fifty Cents 1981
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 1981 circulated for 25 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)
Year1981 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage4,043,000 (4.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Canadian Mint No mint mark 4,000,000 (4.0 million)
Royal Mint No mint mark 43,000 (43000)
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

Diademed and draped bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second portrait", by Arnold Machin); the Queen is wearing a tiara given to her by her grandmother, Queen Mary.

Around, the monarch's legend and date: ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1981.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1981
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 1981: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In sets (Royal Mint) 25,000 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Proof (Royal Mint) 18,000 (included in main number)
Fifty Cents 1981: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 37.1
Fifty Cents 1981: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint Proof and sets mint
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
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List of all (53) coins of type: New Zealand / Fifty Cents
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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 ANZAC Fifty Cents 2015 Fifty Cents 2016