Gold Ounce 2017 Taniwha, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2017 Taniwha, Coin from New Zealand
CoinGold Ounce 2017 Taniwha

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 gold one-ounce format (abbreviated as 1 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 (the issuer of the coin) says about it:
The powerful taniwha is intricately depicted on this 1oz gold proof coin. The taniwha was a dominant creature in Māori legends, portrayed as a terrifying beast or a protector of tribes. The exact characteristics of the taniwha often changed, sometimes it was portrayed with wings, other times it was a serpent or a terrifying sea monster.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage250
New Zealand / Gold Ounce 2017 Taniwha - 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 ELIZABETH II 2017.

Obverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2017
New Zealand / Gold Ounce 2017 Taniwha - reverse photo

At centre, reverse of the coin features a representation of the mythical taniwha. This subject of many Māori myths and legends is portrayed emerging from turbulent waters which were said to be its favoured habitat.

Around above and around below, the value and denomination in Māori and in English: TEKAU TĀRA and TEN DOLLARS.

Reverse Inscription TEKAU TĀRA TEN DOLLARS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in an intricately carved wakahuia (timber box), with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Made from New Zealand native heart rimu, the wakahuia features a beautifully crafted taniwha design, with paua shell inlays for the eyes.
Issue price: NZ$ 3,449.00

See also

The same design was also issued in five ounces of gold and one ounce of silver.

Gold Ounce 2017 Taniwha: References to Information Used
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Gold Ounce 2017 Taniwha: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage250
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerDave Burke
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.700 mm
Mass31.100 g
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2017 Taniwha 1oz Gold Proof Coin
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2017 Taniwha 1oz Gold Proof Coin
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2017 Taniwha 1oz Gold Proof Coin
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2017 Taniwha 1oz Gold Proof Coin
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