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Coin: Ten Cents 1978

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 1978 circulated for 28 years before they were demonetised on 31 October 2006.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value10 (x Cent) TypeTen Cents (Large)
Year1978 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage16,038,000 (16.0 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Canadian Mint No mint mark 16,038,000 (16.0 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

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 1978.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1978

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

Krause catalogues list circulation mintage of 16,023,000 plus 15,000 proofs.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand lists circulation mintage of 16,000,000.

The John Bertrand New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue lists a total mintage of 16,038,000 with no breakdown into circulation/sets/proofs.

Ten Cents 1978: Known varieties
In sets 23,000 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Proof 15,000 (included in main number)
Ten Cents 1978: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 41.1
Ten Cents 1978: References to Information Used
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link Circulation mintage
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
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (53) coins of type: New Zealand / Ten Cents
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Ten Cents 1996 Ten Cents 1997 Ten Cents 1998 (mint sets only) Ten Cents 1999 (mint sets only) Ten Cents 2000 Ten Cents 2001
Ten Cents 2002 Ten Cents 2003 Ten Cents 2004 Ten Cents 2005 Ten Cents 2006 (large, mint sets only) Ten Cents 2006
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