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 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 1965; at left above the ground line in small letters the artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray).
||NEW ZEALAND ONE SHILLING 1965
An extra million coins were minted in 1966, dated 1965. Krause catalogues report mintage of 3,500,000 (not including proofs and prooflike), which doesn't take these into account.