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Coin: Fifty Cents 2015 ANZAC

The Anzac coin was launched in February 2015 to honour the spirit of ANZAC (the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) that was formed 100 years earlier.

It is the first time in New Zealand's history that a coloured circulating coin has been produced. The coin was released for circulation but has since been avidly hoarded by collectors. The mintage figure of one million represents the size of the New Zealand population in 1914, of which 10 percent served in the First World War.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents (small, commemorative)
Year2015 CurrentYes
Mintage1,000,000 (1.0 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Canadian Mint No mint mark 1,000,000 (1.0 million)
Material DesignerDave Burke
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)

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 2015.

Obverse inscription NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015

The Anzac coin design features a New Zealand and Australian soldier standing back to back with their heads bowed in remembrance. The mangopare (hammerhead shark) pattern symbolises strength and determination, and the silver fern reflects New Zealand’s national identity.

To represent New Zealand’s national colours, the mangopare is coloured white on the coin, with the background coloured black. Around below the souldiers' feet, the dates 1915 - 2015.

Around above in the outer ring, · THE SPIRIT OF ANZAC · WE WILL REMEMBER THEM ·; around below, the value and denomination 50 CENTS.

Reverse inscription· THE SPIRIT OF ANZAC · WE WILL REMEMBER THEM · 1915 - 2015 50 CENTS
Edge Edge inscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 2015 ANZAC: Photos
Fifty Cents 2015 ANZAC: Photo Anzac circulating commemorative coin
Anzac circulating commemorative coin
Copyright: Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Fifty Cents 2015 ANZAC: References to Information Used
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 2016 Mint link
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 2016 Mintage link
Fifty Cents 2015 ANZAC: Some useful external links
Reserve Bank of New Zealand: Anzac circulating commemorative coin
American Bullion Inc. - Free Gold Guide
American Bullion Inc. - Free Gold Guide
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