Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Kiwi, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Kiwi, Coin from New Zealand
CoinGold Quarter Ounce 2016 Kiwi

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 features the Great Spotted Kiwi.

The kiwi has been considered the mascot of New Zealand for many years, but despite the best conservation efforts, the numbers continue to decline year on year. Kiwi are mostly nocturnal, omnivorous birds whose closest living relatives are the Australian cassowary and emu, and like them, it cannot fly. The kiwi’s loose, hair-like feathers, long beak and large whiskers give it a scruffy, but endearing appearance.

The great spotted kiwi, also known as the roroa, can be found around the north-western part of the South Island. Sadly, numbers of great spotted kiwi have dropped drastically since New Zealand's colonisation, with only around 15,000 alive today. Unlike other kiwi, which tend to live in dense forests, the great spotted kiwi favours higher-altitude areas, making it difficult to reach for its natural predators (such as stoats, cats and dogs).

The kiwi lays one of the largest eggs in the world in relation to its body size, and the great spotted kiwi (Apteryx haastii) lays the largest eggs of all the species of kiwi. This unique attribute is celebrated in the 2016 Kiwi coin, which is minted in the shape of a kiwi egg. This is New Zealand’s first egg-shaped coin.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Obverse
New Zealand / Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Kiwi - 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 Kiwi - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a great spotted kiwi bird, with snowy mountains in the background. The lower part of the design is printed with selective colour to mimic the appearance of a kiwi egg.

Above the mountains, the face value and denomination $10 (ten dollars).

Around above, the inscription GREAT SPOTTED KIWI APTERYX HAASTII.

Reverse Inscription $10 GREAT SPOTTED KIWI APTERYX HAASTII
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in black presentation box, with Certificate of Authenticity.
NZ Post SKU: CU5PGPCN
Issue price: NZ$ 845.00

See also

Annual Kiwi coins issued by New Zealand (ordered by metal / size / year):
- 5 oz Gold, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Kiwi with map of New Zealand, 2009
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with the Southern Cross, 2010
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with silver fern, 2011
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with kōwhai flower, 2012
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with Tane Mahuta, 2013
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with Mitre Peak, 2014
- 1/4 oz Gold, Brown Kiwi, 2015
- 1/4 oz Gold (egg shaped), Great Spotted Kiwi, 2016
- 1/4 oz Gold, Raikura Tokoeka Kiwi, 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2018
- 1/4 oz Gold, Brown Kiwi, 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2022
- 1 kg Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2019
- 1 kg Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 1 kg Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 1 kg Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2022
- 5 oz Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2018
- 5 oz Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- $1 Copper-Nickel Kiwi with map of New Zealand (with silver ounce proof variant), 2009
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with the Southern Cross, 2010
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with silver fern, 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with kōwhai flower, 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with Tane Mahuta, 2013
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with Mitre Peak, 2014
- 1 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2015
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi Silhouette, 2015
- 1 oz Silver (egg shaped), Great Spotted Kiwi, 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Raikura Tokoeka Kiwi, 2017
- 1 oz Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver, Great Spotted Kiwi, 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver, Tokoeka Kiwi, 2019

Gold Quarter Ounce 2016 Kiwi: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
New Zealand Post 2016 Coin description
New Zealand Post 2016 Mint
New Zealand Post 2016 Mintage
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 Kiwi: 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)
ShapeEgg shape
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size 22 x 30 mm
Mass7.775 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-XJVP-ENXQ
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