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 1996 circulated for ten years before they were demonetised on 31 October 2006.
Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a necklace, facing right (effigy known as the "Third portrait"); around, the monarch's legend ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND; below, the date 1996. Incuse in tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).
Krause catalogues list circulation mintage of 12,960,000 plus 2,569 proofs.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand lists circulation mintage of 12,960,000.
The John Bertrand New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue lists circulation mintage of 12,960,000 plus 7,719 in sets and proofs.