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Coin: Ten Cents 1973
Description

With the introduction of decimal currency on 10 July 1967, the new 10 cents denomination was equal to one shilling of the earlier (pre-decimal) currency. The two coins were identical in size and shillings remained in circulation (and legal tender) in parallel with the new coins until they were both demonetised in 2006, when a smaller ten cents coin was introduced instead.

Large ten cent coins issued in 1973 circulated for 33 years before they were demonetised on 31 October 2006.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value10 (x Cent) TypeTen Cents (Large)
Year1973 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage3,533,000 (3.5 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 3,533,000 (3.5 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerReginald George James Berry
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.6200 Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)5.6600
Obverse

Diademed and draped bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second portrait", by Arnold Machin); around, the monarch's legend ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND; below, the date 1973.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1973
Reverse

At centre within Māori rafter patterns, a Māori carved head (known as a koruru); above, the denomination 10 [cents]. Below the mask in tiny letters, the designer's initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry).

Reverse inscription10
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list circulation mintage of 3,525,000 plus 8,000 proofs.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand lists mintage of 3,533,000. Judging by other years' patterns, this is probably (uncharacteristically) combined circulation and proof mintage.

The John Bertrand New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue also lists a total mintage of 3,533,000 with no breakdown into circulation/sets/proofs.

Ten Cents 1973: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 8,000 (included in main number)
Ten Cents 1973: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 41.1
Ten Cents 1973: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 2010 Mintage Combined mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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List of all (53) coins of type: New Zealand / Ten Cents
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