Silver Ounce 2021 Auckland Island Merganser, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Auckland Island Merganser, Coin from New Zealand
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 Auckland Island Merganser

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.

This coin features the extinct Auckland Island Merganser, and is the one-ounce version of the New Zealand 2022 Annual Coin (which is 2oz).

Mergansers are fish-eating waterfowl. The Auckland Island merganser Mergus australis was first discovered in 1840 after two French corvettes arrived at the rarely visited islands. Over the following 60 years around 20 specimens were collected, and is thought there were probably no more than 30 breeding pairs at any one time. The last sighting was in 1902, and by 1910 the species was declared extinct, primarily due to predation by introduced mammals, and collecting for museums. Fossil evidence shows that a similar species once occurred around coasts and in inland waterways of New Zealand, but became extinct by 1500 AD, not long after the arrival of humans.

Home to some of the rarest birds in the world, the remote Auckland Islands sit 465 km south of the New Zealand mainland. These are the largest of New Zealand’s subantarctic islands, made up of the remains of two ancient volcanoes broken apart by glaciers. Rich biodiversity has earned this collection of islands a reputation as the Galapagos of the Southern Ocean. With no permanent human inhabitants, this UNESCO World Heritage site now stands as one of the last great protected wilderness areas on Earth.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage750
Obverse

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 tiny 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 .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021.

The inscription indicates the precious metal content - ".999 Ag 1oz" means "two troy ounces of 99.9% silver"; Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver.

Obverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Reverse
New Zealand / Silver Ounce 2021 Auckland Island Merganser - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a coloured illustration of the extinct Auckland Island merganser, inspired by the few specimens that exist today. The merganser stands in front of the steep cliffs of the Auckland Islands, and a southern rātā, a native tree with bright red flowers.

Around above, the value and denomination ONE DOLLAR.

Around below, the inscription AUCKLAND ISLAND MERGANSER.

Reverse Inscription ONE DOLLAR AUCKLAND ISLAND MERGANSER
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Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
Issued in the annual proof set only.

Issued in Set
2021 New Zealand Proof Currency Set, mintage 750
6 coins: 1 oz Silver, Auckland Island Merganser, $2 Kotuku, $1 Kiwi, 50 Cents, 20 Cents, 10 Cents
See also

There is also a two-ounces silver coin with this design, issued individually boxed.

Silver Ounce 2021 Auckland Island Merganser: References to Information Used
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All (40) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
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
Silver Ounce 2013 Coronation 60th Anniversary 1,953 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2013
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
Silver Ounce 2016 Haast's Eagle 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Kiwi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 Queen's 90th Birthday 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Silver Ounce 2016 1916 Courage and Commitment 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Silver Ounce 2017 Laughing Owl 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Kiwi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Platinum Wedding Anniversary 2,017 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2017
Silver Ounce 2017 Decimal Currency 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2017
Silver Ounce 2018 Moa 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Kiwi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Royal Wedding 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2018
Silver Ounce 2019 North Island Takahē 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 Kiwi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 North Island Takahē, Coloured 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2019
Silver Ounce 2019 All Blacks 2,019 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2019
Silver Ounce 2020 Kiwi 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 Chatham Island Crested Penguin 26,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 WWII 75 Years Peace 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Ounce 2020 WWII 75 Years Remembrance 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2020
Silver Ounce 2021 Auckland Island Merganser 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Kiwi 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 The Lord of the Rings - Frodo 20,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2021 The Lord of the Rings - Boromir 20,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2021 The Lord of the Rings - Gandalf 20,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2021 Quest of the Ring - Gandalf's Escape 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2021 Quest of the Ring - Doors of Durin 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2021 Quest of the Ring - Gates of Argonath 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2021 A Shadow in the East - Saruman 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2021 A Shadow in the East - Lurtz 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2021 A Shadow in the East - Eye of Sauron 300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1 oz ELIZABETH II 2021 MIDDLE-EARTH
Silver Ounce 2022 Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2022
Silver Ounce 2022 Kiwi 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2022
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Silver Ounce 2021 Auckland Island Merganser: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage750
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerStephen Fuller
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDGAVP-EXAC-PNGN-OMDY
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