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Coin: One Cent 1977 (mint sets only)

The New Zealand one-cent coin was the smallest denomination coin of the New Zealand dollar from the currency's introduction in 1967 to its demonetisation, along with the two-cent coin, in 1990. With a diameter of 17.53 millimetres, it is the smallest coin ever issued of the dollar, and at 2.07 grams in mass the lightest as well. Coins issued in 1977 were in mint sets only (not intended for circulation); any that were released would have circulated for 13 years before they were demonetised on 1 May 1990.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value1 (x Cent) TypeOne Cent
Year1977 CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Mintage32,000 (32000)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 32,000 (32000)
MaterialBronze DesignerReginald George James Berry
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)17.5300 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.0700

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 1977.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1977

A curved fern leaf surrounding the figure 1 [cent] at lower right. The artist's initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are in tiny letters at the base of the leaf.

Reverse inscription1
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
One Cent 1977 (mint sets only): Known varieties
Proof 12,000 (included in main number)
One Cent 1977 (mint sets only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 31.1
One Cent 1977 (mint sets only): References to Information Used
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof and regular mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (22) coins of type: New Zealand / One Cent
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