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Coin: Five Cents 1973
Description

The New Zealand five-cent coin was the lowest denomination coin of the New Zealand dollar from 1990 to 2006. The five-cent coin was introduced when the New Zealand dollar was introduced on 10 July 1967, replacing the New Zealand sixpence coin, which - having exactly the same dimensions - remained legal tender and in parallel use.

Coins issued in 1973 circulated for 33 years before they were demonetised on 1 November 2006.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value5 (x Cent) TypeFive Cents
Year1973 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage4,051,000 (4.1 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 4,043,000 (4.0 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerReginald George James Berry
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19.4300 Thickness (mm)1.2400
Mass (g)2.8300
Obverse

Diademed and draped bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second portrait", by Arnold Machin); around, the monarch's legend ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND; below, the date 1973.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1973
Reverse

The last surviving member of an otherwise extinct family of reptiles, the tuatara (a lizard-like reptile), native only to New Zealand, is shown sitting on a coastal rock. Above in the background, a gull flying. Below, the denomination 5 [cents]. The designer's initials, JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are to the left of the lizard's tail.

Reverse inscription5
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list regular mintage of 4,038,999 plus 8,000 proofs. It also says that this is "the second hardest date to find after 2004".

Reserve Bank of New Zealand reports regular mintage of 4,043,000.

Five Cents 1973: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 8,000 (included in main number)
Five Cents 1973: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 34.1
Five Cents 1973: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Five Cents 1973 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Australian MintUncirculated (UNC) 4.93 4.85 4.76 4.68
Royal Australian MintFine (F) 1.00 0.99 0.98 0.97
Five Cents 1973 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Australian MintProofProof FDC 3.49 3.45 3.41 3.38
Royal Australian MintProofProof 4.31 4.22 4.13 4.03
Royal Australian MintGem Uncirculated 1.99 1.97 1.95 1.93
Royal Australian MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1.09 0.93 0.77 0.61
Historic values in NZD for Five Cents 1973 / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Five Cents 1973 / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Five Cents 1973 / Proof / Royal Australian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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List of all (41) coins of type: New Zealand / Five Cents
Five Cents 1967 Five Cents 1968 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1969 Five Cents 1970 Five Cents 1971 Five Cents 1972
Five Cents 1973 Five Cents 1974 Five Cents 1975 Five Cents 1976 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1977 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1978
Five Cents 1979 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1980 Five Cents 1981 Five Cents 1982 Five Cents 1983 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1984 (mint sets only)
Five Cents 1985 Five Cents 1986 Five Cents 1987 Five Cents 1988 Five Cents 1989 Five Cents 1990 (mint sets only)
Five Cents 1990 (150th Anniversary) Five Cents 1991 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1992 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1993 (mint sets only) Five Cents 1994 Five Cents 1995
Five Cents 1996 Five Cents 1997 Five Cents 1998 Five Cents 1999 Five Cents 2000 Five Cents 2001
Five Cents 2002 Five Cents 2003 Five Cents 2004 Five Cents 2005 (mint sets only) Five Cents 2006 (mint sets only)