||Mintage||4,000,000, 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 +
Two carved patu (Maori weapons) crossed with lanyards or throngs attached; between their blades, the value and denomination 3d (abbreviation for "three pence"); above, NEW ZEALAND; below, the date 1955; the artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray) are below the centre of the crossed weapons.
||NEW ZEALAND 3d 1955
Renniks New Zealand Coinage Guide 1966 notes:
"Reverse beading changed to denticles", from this year onward.