||Mintage||1,200,000, Rarity: C (Common)
Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (the effigy by Mary Gillick known as the "First portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G., appear incuse on the base of the neck truncation. The monarch's legend QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND + runs continuously all around the bust.
||QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
A huia bird perched on a branch facing right; around above, NEW ZEALAND; around below, the denomination and date, SIXPENCE 1954; below the centre of the branch, in small letters, the artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray).
||NEW ZEALAND SIXPENCE 1954
The Queen's effigy on the 1953, 1954, 1955 and an estimated 200,000 of 1957 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.