New Zealand: Coin Shilling 1942 - detailed information

New Zealand: Coin Shilling 1942
CoinShilling 1942

Silver currency was introduced in New Zealand in 1933, with the same specifications as the corresponding denominations in the United Kingdom. The New Zealand shilling had identical measurements to the United Kingdom Shilling. Its composition (before it was debased in 1947) was 50% silver, 40% copper, 5% zinc and 5% nickel.

With the introduction of decimal currency on 10 July 1967, the newly introduced 10 cents denomination was equal to one shilling; the two coins were identical in size and shillings remained in circulation (and legal tender) in parallel with the new coins until they were both demonetised in 2006, when a smaller ten cents coin was introduced instead.

Thus, one shilling coins issued in 1942 could have circulated for 64 years before they were demonetised on 31 October 2006 (although in practice people would have hoarded them because of their silver content and taken them out of circulation much earlier).

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse
New Zealand / Shilling 1942 - obverse photo

Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, the monarch's legend GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Obverse Inscription GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Reverse
New Zealand / Shilling 1942 - reverse photo

A figure of a Maori warrior in warlike attitude crouching to left carrying a taiaha (traditional Maori weapon); around above, NEW ZEALAND; around below, the denomination and date ONE SHILLING 1942; at left above the ground line in small letters the artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray).

Reverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND SHILLING 1942
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Shilling 1942: Known varieties
Variety Broken back
Mintage 80,000 (included in total)
DetailsOn an estimated 80,000 of coins struck this year, die degradation has lead to a "broken back" of the warrior depicted on the reverse (where his spine does not go down enough to reach the skirt).
Shilling 1942: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mint
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Circulation mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage Regular mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Broken back variety mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
Shilling 1942 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal MintBroken backUncirculated (UNC) 1,543.37 1,547.73 1,552.09 1,556.44
Royal MintBroken backAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 1,175.93 1,157.52 1,139.11 1,120.70
Royal MintBroken backExtra Fine (EF, XF) 710.65 692.37 674.10 655.83
Royal MintBroken backVery Fine (VF) 198.06 197.75 197.45 197.14
Royal MintBroken backFine (F) 14.27 14.27 14.27 14.28
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 972.43 973.32 974.21 975.10
Royal MintAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 496.73 491.40 486.07 480.74
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 220.49 217.03 213.58 210.13
Royal MintVery Fine (VF) 29.60 25.17 20.74 16.31
Royal MintFine (F) 8.11 8.08 8.05 8.02
Shilling 1942 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal MintBroken backUncirculated (UNC) 534.34 507.10 479.86 452.62
Royal MintBroken backExtra Fine (EF, XF) 282.31 266.79 251.28 235.76
Royal MintBroken backVery Fine (VF) 87.32 84.80 82.28 79.77
Royal MintBroken backFine (F) 10.30 10.44 10.59 10.74
Royal MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 412.42 391.65 370.87 350.10
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 208.71 199.16 189.60 180.05
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 107.47 103.95 100.43 96.90
Royal MintVery Fine (VF) 38.22 37.76 37.31 36.86
Royal MintFine (F) 6.50 6.75 6.99 7.24
Historic values in NZD for Shilling 1942 / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in NZD for Shilling 1942 / Broken back / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Shilling 1942 / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Shilling 1942 / Broken back / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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All Coins of Country: New Zealand, Type: Shilling (28)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Shilling 1933 2,000,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1934 3,400,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1935 1,680,364 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1937 890,200 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1940 500,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1941 360,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1942 240,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1943 900,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1944 480,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1945 1,030,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1946 1,060,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1947 2,800,020 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1948 1,000,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1950 600,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1951 1,200,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1952 600,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1953 207,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1955 200,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1956 800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1957 800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1958 1,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1959 600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1960 600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Shilling 1961 400,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1962 1,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1963 600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1964 1,400,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1965 4,525,010 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
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Shilling 1942: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Coin TypeShilling (Silver)
Issued1942
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage240,000
MaterialSilver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)23
Mass (g)5.7000
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