Shilling 1946, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Shilling 1946, Coin from New Zealand (demonetised 2006)
CoinShilling 1946

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. This year was the last when silver shillings were issued.

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 1946 could have circulated for 60 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 Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 1,060,000 (1.1 million)
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Obverse
New Zealand / Shilling 1946 - 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 1946 - 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 1946; at left above the ground line in small letters the artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray).

Reverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND SHILLING 1946
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Shilling 1946: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Shilling 1946: References to Information Used
All (28) coins of type: Shilling
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Shilling 1933 2,000,020 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Metcalfe GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1934 3,400,020 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Metcalfe GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1935 1,680,364 King George V - Crowned Bust, by Metcalfe GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1937 890,200 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1940 500,000 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1941 360,000 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1942 240,000 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1943 900,000 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1944 480,000 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1945 1,030,000 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1946 1,060,000 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1947 2,800,020 King George VI - Bare Head GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Shilling 1948 1,000,000 King George VI - Bare Head KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1950 600,000 King George VI - Bare Head KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1951 1,200,000 King George VI - Bare Head KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1952 600,000 King George VI - Bare Head KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Shilling 1953 207,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1955 200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1956 800,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1957 800,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1958 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1959 600,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1960 600,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
Shilling 1961 400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1962 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1963 600,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1964 1,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Shilling 1965 4,525,010 Queen Elizabeth II - First Portrait QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
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Shilling 1946: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Coin TypeShilling (Silver)
Issued1946
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyKing George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
Total Mintage1,060,000 (1.1 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 2006
MaterialSilver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size23.0000 mm
Mass5.7000 g
OCC IDKLBR-PORR-CRDR-OMNY
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Shilling 1946: Photos
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Shilling 1946: Photo GEORGE VI, shilling, 1946 / thumbnail GEORGE VI, shilling, 1946
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Shilling 1946: Photo GEORGE VI, shilling, 1946 / thumbnail GEORGE VI, shilling, 1946
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