Silver Ounce 2023 Native Bee, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2023 Native Bee, Coin from New Zealand
CoinSilver Ounce 2023 Native Bee

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 was issued as part of New Zealand's annual proof coin set in 2023, and features the native bee.

New Zealand is known around the world for its bee-related exports - mānuka honey, the Buzzy Bee toy and even live insects. Less known is the significance of New Zealand’s native bees - they don’t make honey, nor do they look much like the stereotypical specimen, but they are critical to our unique ecosystem.

Of New Zealand’s bees, the Leioproctus genus is the best recognised. A maximum of 12 millimetres long, they look the most like honeybees. They’re all black except for Leioproctus fulvescens, which has dense orange-yellow hair. This species is featured on the coin, alongside the manuka flowers it pollinates. The coin features gold-plated text and a pattern of recessed circles on the edge representing the fact that the bees nest in the ground.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage750
Obverse
New Zealand / Silver Ounce 2023 Native Bee - obverse photo

The obverse 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 and the date: NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2023.

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

Obverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2023
Reverse
New Zealand / Silver Ounce 2023 Native Bee - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin is coloured and depicts a New Zealand native bee hovering above a manuka flower.

Around left, the inscription NATIVE BEE followed by the same in Māori, NGARO HURUHURU. Small indented circle before and after the inscription represent the bee's nests underground.

In the right field, the nominal face value $1 (one dollar).

Reverse Inscription $1 NATIVE BEE | NGARO HURUHURU
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in sets only, not issued individually.

The coin has the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, even though it was issued during the reign of King Charles III.

Included in Set
2023 New Zealand Proof Currency Set, mintage 750
6 coins: 1 oz Silver Native Bee, $2 Kotuku, $1 Kiwi, 50 Cents, 20 Cents, 10 Cents
Silver Ounce 2023 Native Bee: References to Information Used
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New Zealand Post 2022 Coin description
New Zealand Post 2022 Mint
New Zealand Post 2022 Mintage
All (59) 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 2013 Maori Art - Koru 2,000 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 2017 Taniwha 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND 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 Armistice 2,111 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 2018 Royal Baby 606 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2018
Silver Ounce 2018 Sperm Whale 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 2019 Space Pioneers 1,500 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 2021 Discover New Zealand - Tūī 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Discover New Zealand - Aoraki Mount Cook 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Discover New Zealand - Kōwhai 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Kākā 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Tangaroa - Guardian of the Ocean 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Ounce 2021 Tangaroa - Whale 400 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2021
Silver Ounce 2022 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
Silver Ounce 2022 Matariki 800 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2022
Silver Ounce 2023 Native Bee 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2023
Silver Ounce 2023 Tokoeka Kiwi 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2023
Silver Ounce 2023 Rūaumoko - Guardian of Volcanoes 600 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2023
Silver Ounce 2023 Hairy Maclary 750 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz ELIZABETH II 2023
Silver Ounce 2023 King Charles III Coronation 1,150 King Charles III - Portrait by Stephen Fuller CHARLES III · NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz 2023
Silver Ounce 2023 Piwakawaka 999 King Charles III - Portrait by Stephen Fuller CHARLES III · NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 1oz 2023
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Silver Ounce 2023 Native Bee: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2023
MonarchKing Charles III
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage750
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerSacha Lees
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.0000 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-APWK-OXJL
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