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New Zealand: Coin Fifty Cents 1985
CoinFifty Cents 1985

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 1985 circulated for 21 years before they were replaced with a smaller type and demonetised on 31 October 2006.

Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Canadian Mint No mint mark 2,000,000 (2.0 million)
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 32,000 (32000)
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 1985.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1985
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 Inscription 50 ENDEAVOUR
EdgeMilled (interrupted, in five sections)
Edge InscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 1985: Known varieties
Variety In sets (Royal Australian Mint)
Mintage 20,000 (included in total)
DetailsSmooth shoulder folds. Unlike the regular circulation coins, where the die was recut to a low relief portrait.
Variety Proof (Royal Australian Mint)
Mintage 12,000 (included in total)
DetailsSmooth shoulder folds. Unlike the regular circulation coins, where the die was recut to a low relief portrait.
Variety Canada reverse mule
Mintage unknown
DetailsThe John Bertrand New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue calls this "excessively rare".
Fifty Cents 1985: 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
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 2016 Varieties Canada reverse mule
Fifty Cents 1985 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal Canadian MintUncirculated (UNC) 14.94 14.80 14.66 14.52
Royal Canadian MintFine (F) 1.99 1.97 1.95 1.94
Royal Australian MintIn sets (Royal Australian Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 6.97 6.91 6.84 6.77
Fifty Cents 1985 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal Canadian MintCanada reverse muleExtra Fine (EF, XF) 1,866.43 1,834.35 1,802.28 1,770.21
Royal Canadian MintCanada reverse muleVery Fine (VF) 1,178.80 1,158.54 1,138.28 1,118.02
Royal Canadian MintGem Uncirculated 2.99 2.96 2.93 2.89
Royal Canadian MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1.49 1.48 1.46 1.45
Royal Canadian MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 0.48 0.47 0.46 0.45
Royal Australian MintIn sets (Royal Australian Mint)Gem Uncirculated 2.99 2.96 2.93 2.89
Royal Australian MintIn sets (Royal Australian Mint)Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1.49 1.48 1.46 1.45
Royal Australian MintIn sets (Royal Australian Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 1.10 0.80 0.50 0.20
Royal Australian MintIn sets (Royal Australian Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 0.49 0.48 0.47 0.47
Royal Australian MintProof (Royal Australian Mint)Proof FDC 4.98 4.93 4.88 4.82
Royal Australian MintProof (Royal Australian Mint)Proof 4.79 4.69 4.58 4.48
Historic values in NZD for Fifty Cents 1985 / In sets (Royal Australian Mint) / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in NZD for Fifty Cents 1985 / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1985 / Proof (Royal Australian Mint) / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1985 / In sets (Royal Australian Mint) / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1985 / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1985 / Canada reverse mule / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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All Coins of Country: New Zealand, Type: Fifty Cents (54)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1967 10,300,010 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1967
Fifty Cents 1968 (mint sets only) 75,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1968
Fifty Cents 1969 (mint sets only) 100,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1969
Fifty Cents 1970 (mint sets only) 50,010 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1970
Fifty Cents 1971 1,143,200 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1971
Fifty Cents 1972 1,431,045 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1972
Fifty Cents 1973 2,531,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1973
Fifty Cents 1974 1,223,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1974
Fifty Cents 1975 3,825,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1975
Fifty Cents 1976 2,027,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1976
Fifty Cents 1977 2,032,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1977
Fifty Cents 1978 2,038,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1978
Fifty Cents 1979 2,441,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1979
Fifty Cents 1980 8,044,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1980
Fifty Cents 1981 4,043,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1981
Fifty Cents 1982 6,043,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1982
Fifty Cents 1983 (mint sets only) 43,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1983
Fifty Cents 1984 2,040,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1984
Fifty Cents 1985 2,032,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1985
Fifty Cents 1986 5,228,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1986
Fifty Cents 1987 3,628,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1987
Fifty Cents 1988 8,824,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1988
Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only) 23,500 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1989
Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) 28,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1990
Fifty Cents 1990 150th Anniversary 17,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1990
Fifty Cents 1991 (mint sets only) 35,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1991
Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) 24,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1992
Fifty Cents 1993 (mint sets only) 25,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1993
Fifty Cents 1994 (mint sets only) 63,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1994
Fifty Cents 1995 (mint sets only) 14,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1995
Fifty Cents 1996 (mint sets only) 7,719 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1996
Fifty Cents 1997 (mint sets only) 6,282 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1997
Fifty Cents 1998 (mint sets only) 6,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1998
Fifty Cents 1999 (mint sets only) 4,999 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 1999
Fifty Cents 2000 (mint sets only) 4,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2000
Fifty Cents 2001 5,004,274 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2001
Fifty Cents 2002 3,004,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2002
Fifty Cents 2003 2,504,496 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2003
Fifty Cents 2004 2,004,550 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2004
Fifty Cents 2005 1,005,250 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2005
Fifty Cents 2006 (large, mint sets only) 5,100 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2006
Fifty Cents 2006 70,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2006
Fifty Cents 2007 (mint sets only) 9,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2007
Fifty Cents 2008 (mint sets only) 8,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2008
Fifty Cents 2009 20,003,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2009
Fifty Cents 2010 (mint sets only) 3,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2010
Fifty Cents 2011 (mint sets only) 4,700 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2011
Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only) 4,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012
Fifty Cents 2013 (mint sets only) 3,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2013
Fifty Cents 2014 8,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2014
Fifty Cents 2015 ANZAC 1,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015
Fifty Cents 2015 12,700,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015
Fifty Cents 2016 6,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Fifty Cents 2018 6,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2018
Fifty Cents 1985: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (large)
Issued1985
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage2,032,000 (2.0 million)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)31.7500
Thickness (mm)2.3300
Mass (g)13.6100
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Fifty Cents 1985: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 37.2 (circulation coins)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 37.1 (proofs and coins in sets)