Silver Two Ounces 2020 Chatham Island Crested Penguin, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2020 Chatham Island Crested Penguin, Coin from New Zealand
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2020 Chatham Island Crested Penguin

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 large two ounces of silver format (abbreviated as 2 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 large commemorative per year which is considered "the" annual coin, and the coin for 2020 features the extinct Chatham Island Crested Penguin.

NZ Post says about it:
Every year New Zealand Post releases a coin commemorating one of Aotearoa's extinct animals. This vivid coin recalls the recently discovered Chatham Island crested penguin, a unique species that existed on this remote archipelago until only a few hundred years ago.

In 2019, an international team of researchers extracted mitochondrial DNA from subfossil bones discovered in sand dunes on the Chatham Islands. This research confirmed that until a few centuries ago a unique crested penguin species, Eudyptes warhami, existed on the Chatham Islands. Undisturbed for millennia, the Chatham Islands were once teeming with wildlife. Although some species have been lost since human habitation, thankfully many endangered species have been revitalised in recent years due to conservation efforts.

This detailed silver premium bullion coin was designed by New Zealand artist Dave Burke. Two Chatham Island crested penguins are imagined here with a stormy backdrop familiar to inhabitants of the Chatham Islands. The birds are encircled by an arc of koru designs.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage750
New Zealand / Silver Two Ounces 2020 Chatham Island Crested Penguin - 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 .999 Ag 2oz ELIZABETH II 2020.

The inscription indicates the precious metal content - ".999 Ag 2oz" means "two troy ounces of 99.9% silver"; Ag is abbreviated from Argentum, the Latin word for silver.

Obverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 2oz ELIZABETH II 2020
New Zealand / Silver Two Ounces 2020 Chatham Island Crested Penguin - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows two Chatham Island Crested Penguins on a rock. The background is decorated with koru motifs (a Māori wood carving art).

Around above, the inscription CHATHAM ISLAND CRESTED PENGUIN.

Around below, the face value and denomination FIVE DOLLARS.

EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: proof, coloured.
Packaging: in black presentation box.
Issue price: NZ$ 269.00

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

There is also a one ounce silver coin with the same design.

Silver Two Ounces 2020 Chatham Island Crested Penguin: References to Information Used
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Silver Two Ounces 2020 Chatham Island Crested Penguin: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage750
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerDave Burke
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass62.200 g
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