Silver Two Ounces 2022 Archey's Frog, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2022 Archey's Frog, Coin from New Zealand
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2022 Archey's Frog

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 2022 features the extinct Archey’s frog.

NZ Post says about it:
New Zealand is home to many unique threatened species, including one of the world’s most endangered amphibians. A living fossil that has barely changed in 150 million years, Archey’s frog is New Zealand’s smallest native frog. One of four remaining native species of frog, it is the number one Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered amphibian species in the world. This special creature is being celebrated with the 2022 New Zealand Annual Coin.

NZ Post has dedicated the 2022 New Zealand Annual Coin to the memory of Emeritus Professor Phil Bishop, a giant in the field of amphibian conservation who cast his expert eye over our artist’s impression of Archey’s frog.

The hero of this 2oz coin is a detailed colour illustration of Archey’s frog. At a maximum of 37mm in length, the small size of Archey’s frog is reflected to scale in its appearance on this 50mm coin. The frog’s hues of green, red and brown are highlighted with the vibrant and realistic rendering of the frog. The coin is completed with an antique finish, and a detailed engraved background that gives greater relief to the frog.

MintB. H. Mayer Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage350
New Zealand / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Archey's Frog - 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 2022.

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 2022
New Zealand / Silver Two Ounces 2022 Archey's Frog - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin features a coloured illustration of Archey’s frog, on a background of ferns.

Above left, the value and denomination $5 (five dollars).

On two lines below, the inscription ARCHEY'S FROG.

Reverse Inscription $5 ARCHEY'S FROG
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: antique, coloured.
Packaging: in black presentation box, with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Issue price: NZ$ 349.00

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 Two Ounces 2022 Archey's Frog: References to Information Used
New Zealand Post 2022 Coin description
New Zealand Post 2022 Mint
New Zealand Post 21 Mintage
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Silver Two Ounces 2022 Archey's Frog: 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 Mintage350
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerDave Burke
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size50.000 mm
Mass62.200 g
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2022 New Zealand Annual Coin - Archey's Frog
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2022 New Zealand Annual Coin - Archey's Frog
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2022 New Zealand Annual Coin - Archey's Frog
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