Home / Coins by Country / Coins from New Zealand / Twenty Cents 1981

Detailed information about Coin: Twenty Cents 1981 from New Zealand

Coin: Twenty Cents 1981
Description

With the introduction of decimal currency on 10 July 1967, the new 20 cents denomination was equal to one florin (two shillings) of the earlier pre-decimal currency. The two coins were identical in size and florins remained in circulation (and legal tender) in parallel with the new coins until they were both demonetised in 2006, when a smaller twenty cent coin was introduced instead.

Large twenty cent coins issued in 1981 circulated for 25 years before they were demonetised on 31 October 2006.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value20 (x Cent) TypeTwenty Cents (large, kiwi)
Year1981 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage7,543,000 (7.5 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Canadian Mint No mint mark 7,500,000 (7.5 million)
Royal Mint No mint mark 43,000 (43000)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerReginald George James Berry
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)28.5800 Thickness (mm)2.2200
Mass (g)11.3100
Obverse

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1981.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1981
Reverse

Kiwi bird facing right; at right and curving above, a fern bush; below its head, the denomination 20 [cents]; the artist's initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are in small letters in the base of the fern.

Reverse inscription20
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Twenty Cents 1981: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In sets (Royal Mint) 25,000 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Proof (Royal Mint) 18,000 (included in main number)
Twenty Cents 1981: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 36.1
Twenty Cents 1981: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint Proof and sets mint
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link Circulation mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof and sets mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof and sets
Twenty Cents 1981 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Canadian MintUncirculated (UNC) 3.94 3.88 3.81 3.75
Royal Canadian MintFine (F) 1.99 1.98 1.96 1.94
Royal MintIn sets (Royal Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 2.96 2.91 2.86 2.81
Twenty Cents 1981 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Royal Canadian MintGem Uncirculated 1.00 0.99 0.98 0.96
Royal Canadian MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 0.50 0.49 0.49 0.48
Royal Canadian MintUncirculated (UNC) 0.37 0.27 0.17 0.07
Royal Canadian MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 0.15 0.14 0.14 0.14
Royal MintIn sets (Royal Mint)Gem Uncirculated 1.99 1.97 1.95 1.93
Royal MintIn sets (Royal Mint)Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1.00 0.99 0.98 0.96
Royal MintIn sets (Royal Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 0.73 0.53 0.33 0.14
Royal MintProof (Royal Mint)Proof FDC 3.99 3.94 3.90 3.86
Royal MintProof (Royal Mint)Proof 3.83 3.75 3.67 3.59
Historic values in NZD for Twenty Cents 1981 / In sets (Royal Mint) / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
(hover mouse over grades in the left-hand column to see values highlighted; hover mouse over graph points to see exact values and additional information)
Historic values in NZD for Twenty Cents 1981 / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
(hover mouse over grades in the left-hand column to see values highlighted; hover mouse over graph points to see exact values and additional information)
Historic values in USD for Twenty Cents 1981 / Proof (Royal Mint) / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
(hover mouse over grades in the left-hand column to see values highlighted; hover mouse over graph points to see exact values and additional information)
Historic values in USD for Twenty Cents 1981 / In sets (Royal Mint) / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
(hover mouse over grades in the left-hand column to see values highlighted; hover mouse over graph points to see exact values and additional information)
Historic values in USD for Twenty Cents 1981 / Royal Canadian Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
(hover mouse over grades in the left-hand column to see values highlighted; hover mouse over graph points to see exact values and additional information)
Advertising
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (51) coins of type: New Zealand / Twenty Cents
Twenty Cents 1967 Twenty Cents 1968 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1969 Twenty Cents 1970 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1971 Twenty Cents 1972
Twenty Cents 1973 Twenty Cents 1974 Twenty Cents 1975 Twenty Cents 1976 Twenty Cents 1977 Twenty Cents 1978
Twenty Cents 1979 Twenty Cents 1980 Twenty Cents 1981 Twenty Cents 1982 Twenty Cents 1983 Twenty Cents 1984
Twenty Cents 1985 Twenty Cents 1986 Twenty Cents 1987 Twenty Cents 1988 Twenty Cents 1989 Twenty Cents 1990
Twenty Cents 1990 150th Anniversary Twenty Cents 1991 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1993 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1994 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1995 (mint sets only)
Twenty Cents 1996 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1997 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1998 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 1999 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2000 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2001 (mint sets only)
Twenty Cents 2002 Twenty Cents 2003 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2004 Twenty Cents 2005 Twenty Cents 2006 (large, mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2006
Twenty Cents 2007 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2008 Twenty Cents 2009 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2010 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2011 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2012 (mint sets only)
Twenty Cents 2013 (mint sets only) Twenty Cents 2014 Twenty Cents 2015