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Coin: Five Cents 1975

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 1975 circulated for 31 years before they were demonetised on 1 November 2006.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value5 (x Cent) TypeFive Cents
Year1975 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage32,025,000 (32.0 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 32,025,000 (32.0 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

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 1975.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1975

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

Reserve Bank of New Zealand reports regular mintage of 32,000,000.

Krause catalogues list 32,015,000 circulation coins and 10,000 proofs.

Judging by other years' patterns though, that's most probably 32,000,000 circulation coins, 15,000 in sets and 10,000 proofs.

Five Cents 1975: Known varieties
In sets 15,000 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Proof 10,000 (included in main number)
Five Cents 1975: Photos
Five Cents 1975: Photo New Zealand - 5 Cents - 1975
New Zealand - 5 Cents - 1975
Copyright: Numi Art Collection
Five Cents 1975: Photo New Zealand - 5 Cents - 1975
New Zealand - 5 Cents - 1975
Copyright: Numi Art Collection
Five Cents 1975: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 34.1
Five Cents 1975: References to Information Used
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint
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 1975: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 5 Cents, New Zealand, 1975
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
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 (150th Anniversary)
Five Cents 1990 (mint sets only) 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)