||Mintage||1,080,000, Rarity: C (Common)
Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (the effigy by Mary Gillick known as the "First portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G., appear incuse on the base of the neck truncation. The monarch's legend QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND + runs continuously all around the bust.
||QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
A tui (bird) perched facing left in a setting of yellow kowhai blossoms; around, NEW ZEALAND ONE PENNY 1954.
||NEW ZEALAND ONE PENNY 1954
The Queen's effigy on the 1953, 1954, 1955 and an estimated 50,000 of 1956 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.