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Coin: One Dollar 2012 (mints sets only)

The New Zealand one dollar coin replaced the earlier banknote in February 1991. The depiction of a kiwi on the reverse helps give the New Zealand dollar the colloquial name "Kiwi (dollar)", although the term was in use before the $1 coin was introduced.

No coins of the one dollar denomination were issued for circulation in 2012. Some were struck (in brass, with a mass of 8.6g. unlike the 8g. of standard circulating coins) for the mint sets and the proof sets of the year only.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value1 (x Dollar) TypeOne Dollar (small)
Year2012 CurrentYes
Mintage3,500 (3500)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Dutch Mint No mint mark 3,500 (3500)
MaterialAluminium-Bronze DesignerRobert Maurice Conly
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23 Thickness (mm)2.7400
Mass (g)8

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (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 and the date: NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012.

Obverse inscription NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012

The reverse of the coin depicts two symbols of New Zealand: a kiwi facing left in the centre, surrounded by four fronds of the silver fern (Cyathea dealbata). Both the kiwi and the silver ferns sit above the legend reading the denomination ONE DOLLAR.

Kiwi are a significant national icon, equally cherished by all cultures in New Zealand. Kiwi are a symbol for the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife. They are most commonly forest dwellers, making daytime dens and nests in burrows, hollow logs or under dense vegetation. Kiwi are the only bird to have nostrils at the end of their very long bill. Their nostrils are used to probe in the ground, sniffing out invertebrates to eat, along with some fallen fruit.

Reverse inscriptionONE DOLLAR
EdgeMilled (interrupted, in eight sections) Edge inscriptionNone
One Dollar 2012 (mints sets only): Known varieties
Proof (brass) 1,500 (included in main number)
Silver Proof 1,000
One Dollar 2012 (mints sets only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 120a
One Dollar 2012 (mints sets only): References to Information Used
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 2016 Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 2016 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 2016 Varieties Proof
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (56) coins of type: New Zealand / One Dollar
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One Dollar 1973 One Dollar 1974 New Zealand Day One Dollar 1974 Commonwealth Games One Dollar 1975 One Dollar 1976 One Dollar 1977 Waitangi Day
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
One Dollar 1983 50 Years NZ Coinage One Dollar 1984 Black Robin One Dollar 1985 Black Stilt One Dollar 1986 Royal Visit One Dollar 1986 Kakapo One Dollar 1987 National Parks
One Dollar 1988 Penguin One Dollar 1989 Runner One Dollar 1989 Gymnast One Dollar 1989 Swimmer One Dollar 1989 Weight lifter One Dollar 1990 Treaty of Waitangi
One Dollar 1990 One Dollar 1991 One Dollar 1992 (mint sets only) One Dollar 1993 (mint sets only) One Dollar 1994 (mint sets only) One Dollar 1995 (mint sets only)
One Dollar 1996 (mint sets only) One Dollar 1997 (mint sets only) One Dollar 1998 (mint sets only) One Dollar 1999 (mint sets only) One Dollar 2000 One Dollar 2001 (mint sets only)
One Dollar 2002 One Dollar 2003 One Dollar 2004 One Dollar 2005 One Dollar 2006 (mint sets only) One Dollar 2007 (mint sets only)
One Dollar 2008 One Dollar 2009 (mint sets only) One Dollar 2010 One Dollar 2011 (mints sets only) One Dollar 2012 (mints sets only) One Dollar 2013
One Dollar 2014 (Proof only) One Dollar 2015