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Coin: One Dollar 1979
Description

When decimal currency was introduced in New Zealand on 10 July 1967, there was no new circulating denomination with the size and specifications of the old one crown piece, in which only commemorative coins had been issued (the new fifty cents were equivalent in value but not in size). Until the introduction of the smaller circulating dollar coin in 1990, New Zealand issued crown-sized commemoratives with a one dollar denomination such as this one. Later crown-sized commemoratives are denominated at five dollars.

The 1979 large dollar coin features the Coat of Arms of New Zealand (the only design to be issued in more than one year). It is remarkable in that the obverse features an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by a New Zealand artist, James Berry.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value1 (x Dollar) TypeOne Dollar (ferns)
Year1979 CurrentYes
Mintage110,000 (110000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Canadian Mint No mint mark 110,000 (110000)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerWilliam Gardner
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by James Berry
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)38.8000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)28.2800
Obverse

Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Russian Fringe Tiara, which was originally given by the "Ladies in Society" to Queen Alexandra on her Silver Wedding anniversary in 1888; in tiny raised letters on the neck truncation, the artists initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry).

Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II QUEEN OF NEW ZEALAND 1979.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II QUEEN OF NEW ZEALAND 1979
Reverse

Ensigns armorial of the Dominion of New Zealand on their shield (quartered with the Southern Cross, a wheat sheaf, a lamb suspended by a ribbon and mining hammers crossed divided by three ships) surmounted by the Royal Crown from which fern fronds drop to surround the shield; below the shield, the denomination ONE DOLLAR.

Reverse inscriptionONE DOLLAR
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
One Dollar 1979: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 85,000 (included in main number)
Silver Proof 16,000
One Dollar 1979: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 48
One Dollar 1979: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
One Dollar 1979 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Canadian MintSilver ProofProof 32.72 30.27 27.82 25.37
Royal Canadian MintUncirculated (UNC) 4.86 4.73 4.60 4.47
One Dollar 1979 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Canadian MintProofProof FDC 2.99 2.96 2.93 2.89
Royal Canadian MintProofProof 3.83 3.75 3.67 3.59
Royal Canadian MintSilver ProofProof FDC 21.92 21.69 21.45 21.22
Royal Canadian MintSilver ProofProof 40.07 42.89 45.71 48.52
Royal Canadian MintGem Uncirculated 2.49 2.46 2.44 2.41
Royal Canadian MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1.49 1.48 1.46 1.45
Royal Canadian MintUncirculated (UNC) 1.14 1.00 0.85 0.71
Royal Canadian MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 0.96 0.94 0.92 0.90
Historic values in NZD for One Dollar 1979 / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in NZD for One Dollar 1979 / Silver Proof / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Dollar 1979 / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Dollar 1979 / Silver Proof / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Dollar 1979 / Proof / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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