Gold Half Gram 2021 Endeavour, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2021 Endeavour, Coin from New Zealand
CoinGold Half Gram 2021 Endeavour

New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar as its circulation currency for daily transactions. The country also issues a number of commemorative and collector coins, including in the internationally popular half gram of gold mini-coin format (abbreviated as 0.5 g oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum). Authorised by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the official issuer of these coins is NZ Post - which also issues the country's postal stamps. Manufacturing of the coins is commissioned to various foreign mints.

The coins are "Non-Circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) and not bullion because they are issued at prices much higher than their intrinsic value and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic or sentimental value, and not at bullion investors.

NZ Post says about this coin:
This delicate and minuscule 11mm 0.9999 gold proof coin weighs in at just half a gram. The design of the New Zealand 50c coin is minted in fine detail, with the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

The illustration on the reverse features the HMS Endeavour, the ship on which Captain James Cook became the first Briton to reach New Zealand, and Mount Taranaki in the background. Used in Captain Cook’s first of three voyages to New Zealand, the Endeavour would have passed by Mount Taranaki early in the year 1770 as it was sailed down to Ship Cove in the South Island after first anchoring in Turanganui (Poverty Bay) in the North Island.

MintMint of Norway Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage3,000
Obverse
New Zealand / Gold Half Gram 2021 Endeavour - obverse photo

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her 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 small 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 .9999 Au .5g ELIZABETH II 2021.

The inscription also indicates the precious metal content - ".9999 Au .5g" means "one half of a gram of 99.99% gold"; Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold.

Obverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND .9999 Au .5g ELIZABETH II 2021
Reverse
New Zealand / Gold Half Gram 2021 Endeavour - reverse photo

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 Inscription 50 ENDEAVOUR
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Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in blister card.
NZ Post SKU: CU20NGPCN
Issue price: NZ$ 120.00

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Gold Half Gram 2021 Endeavour: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage3,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.0000 mm
Mass0.5000 g
OCC IDGAVP-OXAC-BVQZ-EMDY
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