Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment, Coin from New Zealand
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment

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 quarter-ounce format (abbreviated as 1/4 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.

This coin is part of a five year programme by New Zealand Post, of legal tender commemorative coins commemorating the First World War. The coin tells the story of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company (NZTC) and the Arras tunnels. These hard-working men were the first New Zealanders on the Western Front, on 9 March 1916. Digging largely with pickaxes, they created a vast underground network providing access to the front line. After successfully countermining at Vimy Ridge, the NZTC began work beneath French town Arras in November.

Over five months the New Zealanders slowly but surely linked and greatly extended two medieval mines. To orient themselves from north to south, they named key locations Russell, Auckland, New Plymouth, Wellington, Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch, Dunedin and Bluff. Eventually, the tunnels would house upwards of 20,000 men.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
New Zealand / Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin 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 tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016.

Obverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Reverse
New Zealand / Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts members of The New Zealand Tunnelling Company in the Arras tunnels.

Around above, the inscription TEN DOLLARS · WWI 1916 COURAGE & COMMITMENT.

Reverse Inscription TEN DOLLARS · WWI 1916 COURAGE & COMMITMENT
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in a pressed metal tin, made to resemble those gifted to soldiers in World War I by HRH Princess Mary at Christmas.
NZ Post SKU: CU6CGPCN
Issue price: NZ$ 799.00

Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment: References to Information Used
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All (15) coins of type: Gold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Quarter Ounce 2009 Kiwi 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2009
Gold Quarter Ounce 2010 Kiwi 1,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2010
Gold Quarter Ounce 2011 Kiwi 995 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2011
Gold Quarter Ounce 2012 Kiwi 950 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012
Gold Quarter Ounce 2013 Kiwi 950 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2013
Gold Quarter Ounce 2014 Kiwi 950 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2014
Gold Quarter Ounce 2015 Kiwi 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Kiwi 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Gold Quarter Ounce 2017 Kiwi 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2017
Gold Quarter Ounce 2018 Kiwi 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .9999 Au 0.25oz ELIZABETH II 2018
Gold Quarter Ounce 2019 Kiwi 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .9999 Au .25oz ELIZABETH II 2019
Gold Quarter Ounce 2020 Kiwi 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .9999 Au .25oz ELIZABETH II 2020
Gold Quarter Ounce 2021 Kiwi 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .9999 Au .25oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Gold Quarter Ounce 2022 Kiwi 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .9999 Au .25oz ELIZABETH II 2022
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Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeGold Quarter Ounce (1/4 oz)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage500
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size21.690 mm
Mass7.775 g
OCC IDQRAP-OBNC-XYQR-OYJD
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