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Coin: Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only)

The New Zealand small fifty cent coin has been in circulation since 2006, when the earlier large 50 cent coins were demonetised.

There were no 50 cent coins issued for circulation in 2012. Some were struck for the mint sets and proof sets of the year only, in copper-nickel with mass of 5.6g. Silver proofs were also struck, 6.59g. of 0.999 silver (0.2117 oz. ASW).

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents (small)
Year2012 CurrentYes
Mintage4,500 (4500)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Dutch Mint No mint mark 4,500 (4500)
MaterialNickel-plated steel DesignerReginald George James Berry
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)24.7500 Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)5.1500

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). 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 Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012.

Obverse inscription NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012

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
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only): Known varieties
Proof 1,500 (included in main number)
Silver proof 1,000 (included in main number)
Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 119b
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 119c (Silver proof)
Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only): References to Information Used
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 2016 Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 2016 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 2016 Varieties Proof
Fifty Cents 2012 (mint sets only): Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Pattern Coin - Half Sovereign, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
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