Silver Two Ounces 2020 Kiwi, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2020 Kiwi, Coin from New Zealand
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2020 Kiwi

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.

This coin is part of an annual series featuring a new Kiwi design every year, and depicts New Zealand’s rarest kiwi - the Rowi.

There is one natural population of about 450 rowi (Apteryx rowi) in Ōkārito forest and surrounds in South Westland. Ōkārito was designated as one of the five special Kiwi Sanctuaries in 2000. Rowi can also be found on two predator-free islands in the Marlborough Sounds, following successful translocations of birds. Unlike some other kiwi species, male and female rowi both take turns incubating their eggs. Although they do not rely on their parents for food and protection (all kiwi chicks are self-sufficient as soon as they hatch), rowi juveniles often stay with their family group for years. Rowi are slow breeders, normally laying just one egg per year - making the death of an adult bird all the more devastating to the population.

The coin is finished with selective gold and ruthenium plating; the edge is plated with gold too.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage700
Obverse
New Zealand / Silver Two Ounces 2020 Kiwi - 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 tiny 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 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.

The Queen's portrait and the rim are gold plated.

Obverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND .999 Ag 2oz ELIZABETH II 2020
Reverse
New Zealand / Silver Two Ounces 2020 Kiwi - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a rowi kiwi walking to left, above Maori-style "koru" designs representing the oceans and landscapes of New Zealand.

Around above, the scientific name of the species APTERYX ROWI, below which the face value - TWO DOLLARS -.

The background is gold plated.

Reverse Inscription APTERYX ROWI - TWO DOLLARS -
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Notes

Finish: "specimen" (proof-like) , high relief, gold- and ruthenium-plated.
Packaging: in black display case, with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
NZ Post SKU: CU9FSS02
Issue price: NZ$ 349.00

See also

Annual Kiwi coins issued by New Zealand (ordered by metal / size / year):
- 5 oz Gold, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold Kiwi with map of New Zealand, 2009
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with the Southern Cross, 2010
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with silver fern, 2011
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with kōwhai flower, 2012
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with Tane Mahuta, 2013
- 1/4 oz Gold, Kiwi with Mitre Peak, 2014
- 1/4 oz Gold, Brown Kiwi, 2015
- 1/4 oz Gold (egg shaped), Great Spotted Kiwi, 2016
- 1/4 oz Gold, Raikura Tokoeka Kiwi, 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2018
- 1/4 oz Gold, Brown Kiwi, 2019
- 1/4 oz Gold, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 1/4 oz Gold, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 1/4 oz Gold, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2022
- 1 kg Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2019
- 1 kg Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 1 kg Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 1 kg Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2022
- 5 oz Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2018
- 5 oz Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 2 oz Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- $1 Copper-Nickel Kiwi with map of New Zealand (with silver ounce proof variant), 2009
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with the Southern Cross, 2010
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with silver fern, 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with kōwhai flower, 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with Tane Mahuta, 2013
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi with Mitre Peak, 2014
- 1 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2015
- 1 oz Silver, Kiwi Silhouette, 2015
- 1 oz Silver (egg shaped), Great Spotted Kiwi, 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Raikura Tokoeka Kiwi, 2017
- 1 oz Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2022
- 1/2 oz Silver, Brown Kiwi, 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver, Great Spotted Kiwi, 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver, Little Spotted Kiwi, 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver, Rowi Kiwi, 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver, Tokoeka Kiwi, 2019

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Silver Two Ounces 2020 Kiwi: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage700
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerSaint Andrew Matautia
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size65.000 mm
Mass155.500 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-KAJJ-OMPX
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