|Coin||Twenty Cents 1990|
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.
This is the first year of the new "Pukaki" design. Large twenty cent coins issued in 1990 circulated for 16 years before they were demonetised on 31 October 2006.
There were also the 150 Anniversary mint sets, featuring a twenty cent coin with a sailing ship design.
||Mintage||5,028,000, Rarity: C (Common)
Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a pearl necklace, facing right (effigy known as the "Third Portrait"); incuse in tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).
Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1990.
||ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1990
A reproduction of a remarkable Māori carving representing the 18th century Māori warrior leader called Pukaki, who was a Rangatira (Chief) of the Ngati Whakaue iwi of Te Arawa in the Rotorua district. The original carving was made in 1836 and today it can be viewed in the entrance of the Rotorua Museum.
The figure is flanked by Maori Māori motifs. Below, the denomination 20 [cents].
The 1990 New Zealand brilliant uncirculated mint sets (mintage 18,000) and proof sets (mintage 10,000) were produced by the Royal Mint (London) as evidenced by the text in the cardboard inserts, and not by the Royal Australian Mint as Krause catalogues say.