Silver Ounce 2017 Laughing Owl, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2017 Laughing Owl, Coin from New Zealand
CoinSilver Ounce 2017 Laughing Owl

New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar as its circulation currency for daily transactions. The country also issues a number of commemorative and collector coins, including in the internationally popular one ounce of silver format (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). Authorised by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the official issuer of these coins is NZ Post - which also issues the country's postal stamps. Manufacturing of the coins is commissioned to various foreign mints.

The coins are "Non-Circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) and not bullion because they are issued at prices much higher than their intrinsic value and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic or sentimental value, and not at bullion investors.

New Zealand has the tradition of issuing one "main" large commemorative per year, and this coin is the 2017 New Zealand Annual Coin, featuring the Laughing Owl.

NZ Post says about it:
The laughing owl, so named for its raucous cry of repetitive shrieks, was a common sight in the South Island in the mid 1800’s. However the laughing owl had no defence against predators, and the introduction of stoats and ferrets from the 1880s is believed to have led to the extinction of this beautiful nocturnal bird.

The robust form and detailed feathers of the laughing owl have been cleverly captured in Dave Burke’s design of this 1oz silver proof coin. The korus in the background represent the forests in which the owl dwelled and the domain of Tāne, God of the Forest. The English name for the laughing owl as well as the Māori name whēkau, can be seen clearly printed following the curvature of the coin.

MintHelvetic Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,500
Obverse
New Zealand / Silver Ounce 2017 Laughing Owl - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her 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 small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2017.

Obverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2017
Reverse
New Zealand / Silver Ounce 2017 Laughing Owl - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts an owl perched on a branch, facing the viewer. In the background, Māori-style "koru" decorative motifs.

Around left, the inscription LAUGHING OWL · WHĒKAU.

Below right, the value and denomination $5 (five dollars).

Reverse Inscription LAUGHING OWL · WHĒKAU $5
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in black leatherette case, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
NZ Post SKU: CU7BSPCN
Issue price: NZ$ 139.00

See also

The New Zealand annual coins are:
- 1 oz Silver, Haast's Eagle, 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Laughing Owl, 2017
- 1 oz Silver, Moa, 2018
- 1 oz Silver, North Island Takahē, 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Chatham Island Crested Penguin, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Auckland Island Merganser, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Archey's Frog, 2022

Silver Ounce 2017 Laughing Owl: References to Information Used
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New Zealand Post 2017 Coin description
New Zealand Post 2017 Mint
New Zealand Post 2017 Mintage
All (59) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
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Silver Ounce 2010 Kiwi 21,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2010
Silver Ounce 2011 Kiwi 17,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2011
Silver Ounce 2012 Kiwi 18,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012
Silver Ounce 2013 Kiwi 18,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2013
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Silver Ounce 2014 Kiwi 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2014
Silver Ounce 2015 Kiwi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015
Silver Ounce 2015 Kiwi Silhouette 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015
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Silver Ounce 2017 Laughing Owl: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage1,500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerDave Burke
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.0000 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-AWGB-OYPL
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