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Coin: Five Cents 1978
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 1978 circulated for 28 years before they were demonetised on 1 November 2006.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value5 (x Cent) TypeFive Cents
Year1978 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage20,038,000 (20.0 million) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Canadian Mint No mint mark 20,038,000 (20.0 million), Rarity: C (Common)
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 1978.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1978
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

Reserve Bank of New Zealand reports regular mintage of 20,000,000. Krause catalogues list 20,023,000 circulation coins and 15,000 proofs. Judging by other years' patterns though, that's most probably 20,000,000 circulation coins, 23,000 in sets and 15,000 proofs.

Krause lists proofs as issued by the Perth Mint, but the mint sets themselves state that they were struck by the Royal Canadian Mint.

Five Cents 1978: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In sets 23,000 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Proof 15,000 (included in main number)
Five Cents 1978: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 34.1
Five Cents 1978: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Royal Canadian Mint 1978 Mint Proof and sets mint
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof mintage
Royal Canadian Mint 1978 Varieties Proof and sets
Five Cents 1978 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Canadian MintUncirculated (UNC) 1.97 1.94 1.91 1.87
Royal Canadian MintFine (F) 1.00 0.99 0.98 0.97
Five Cents 1978 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Canadian MintProofProof FDC 2.99 2.96 2.93 2.89
Royal Canadian MintProofProof 2.87 2.81 2.75 2.69
Royal Canadian MintGem Uncirculated 1.00 0.99 0.98 0.96
Royal Canadian MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 0.46 0.37 0.27 0.18
Royal Canadian MintUncirculated (UNC) 0.23 0.20 0.17 0.14
Royal Canadian MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 0.10 0.10 0.09 0.09
Historic values in NZD for Five Cents 1978 / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in NZD for Five Cents 1978 / In sets / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Five Cents 1978 / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Five Cents 1978 / Proof / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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List of all (41) coins of type: New Zealand / Five Cents
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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)