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Coin: One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit
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.

In 1981 the large one dollar coin commemorated the Royal Visit of 12-20 October 1981, when the Queen visited New Zealand following a Commonwealth Heads of Government conference in Melbourne. 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 (one year types)
Year1981 CurrentYes
Mintage138,000 (138000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 138,000 (138000)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerPaul Beadle
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 1981.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II QUEEN OF NEW ZEALAND 1981
Reverse

Oak leave with two acorns intertwined with a Kauri (native New Zealand) plant's seed cone. In the right field, the designer's initials PB (for Paul Beadle).

According to the description on the cover of the mint set:

"The reverse design symbolises the close ties that exist between the British Crown and New Zealand. Drawn by Professor Paul Beadle of Auckland, New Zealand, it features the leaf and acorn of the English Oak (Quercus Robur) and the leaves and seed cone of New Zealand's Kauri (Agathis Australis), with the words ROYAL VISIT and ONE DOLLAR around the periphery."

The Oak, a majestic tree in its own right has long been prominent in many aspects of English history. Because of its hardness and enduring quality, the timber was used extensively in building England's naval and trading sails ships, the same ships that led to and maintained the establishment of the nation of New Zealand under the British Crown (The Treaty of Waitangi 1840).

The Kauri, truly majestic as a mature tree and firmly installed as "King" of the New Zealand forest, was a prominent factor in the discovery, exploration and early history of the nation."

Reverse inscriptionROYAL VISIT ONE DOLLAR
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Silver proof 38,000 (included in main number)
One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 50
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 50a (Silver proof)
One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties
One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal MintSilver proofProof 34.43 33.17 31.91 30.65
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 4.98 4.93 4.89 4.84
One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal MintSilver proofProof FDC 21.92 21.69 21.45 21.22
Royal MintSilver proofProof 30.82 32.43 34.04 35.65
Royal MintGem Uncirculated 2.49 2.46 2.44 2.41
Royal MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1.49 1.48 1.46 1.45
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 1.14 1.00 0.85 0.71
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 0.96 0.94 0.92 0.90
Historic values in NZD for One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in NZD for One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit / Silver proof / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit / Silver proof / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit: Some useful external links
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 1981 One Dollar Royal Visit - The Reserve Bank Of New Zealand Museum
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List of all (56) coins of type: New Zealand / One Dollar
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One Dollar 1978 Opening of Parliament (Beehive) One Dollar 1979 One Dollar 1980 Fantail One Dollar 1981 Royal Visit One Dollar 1982 Takahe Bird One Dollar 1983 Royal Visit
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