Two Cents 1973, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Two Cents 1973, Coin from New Zealand (demonetised 1990)
CoinTwo Cents 1973

The New Zealand two-cent coin was the second smallest denomination coin of the New Zealand dollar from the currency's introduction in 1967 to its demonetisation, along with the one-cent coin, in 1990. Its reverse featured two kowhai flowers, considered emblematic of New Zealand. Coins issued in 1973 circulated for 17 years before they were demonetised on 1 May 1990.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 38,573,000 (38.6 million)
Obverse
New Zealand / Two Cents 1973 - obverse photo

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 1973.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1973
Reverse
New Zealand / Two Cents 1973 - reverse photo

Two curved kowhai flowers and leaves surrounding the figure 2 [cents] at lower right. The artist's initials JB (for [Reginald George] James Berry) are in tiny letters under the last leaf.

Reverse Inscription 2
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list mintage at 38,565,000. This may include coins in mint sets (in which case there would have been 15,000 of them), but such are not listed separately.

Two Cents 1973: Known varieties
Variety In sets
Mintage Issued: 15,000 (included in total)
Details

Inferred from Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Krause figures, but not listed separately by either of them.

Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 8,000 (included in total)
Two Cents 1973: References to Information Used
All (23) coins of type: Two Cents
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Cents 1967 75,300,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1967
Two Cents 1967 (no date, Bahamas mule) 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II BAHAMA ISLANDS
Two Cents 1968 (mint sets only) 75,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1968
Two Cents 1969 20,560,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1969
Two Cents 1970 (mint sets only) 50,010 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1970
Two Cents 1971 15,070,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1971
Two Cents 1972 17,533,045 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1972
Two Cents 1973 38,573,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1973
Two Cents 1974 50,023,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1974
Two Cents 1975 20,025,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1975
Two Cents 1976 15,027,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1976
Two Cents 1977 20,012,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1977
Two Cents 1978 (mint sets only) 38,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1978
Two Cents 1979 (mint sets only) 41,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1979
Two Cents 1980 10,044,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1980
Two Cents 1981 25,043,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1981
Two Cents 1982 50,043,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1982
Two Cents 1983 15,043,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1983
Two Cents 1984 10,040,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1984
Two Cents 1985 22,532,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1985
Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only) 28,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1986
Two Cents 1987 36,278,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1987
Two Cents 1988 (mint sets only) 24,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1988
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Two Cents 1973: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Cents
Issued1973
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
Face Value2 (x Cent)
Total Mintage38,573,000 (38.6 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1990
MaterialBronze
DesignerReginald George James Berry
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size21.0800 mm
Mass4.1400 g
OCC IDJWMR-AOQP-CNGD-EYPL
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Two Cents 1973: Photos
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Two Cents 1973: Photo Coin - 2 Cents, New Zealand, 1973 / thumbnail Coin - 2 Cents, New Zealand, 1973
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Two Cents 1973: Photo Coin - 2 Cents, New Zealand, 1973 / thumbnail Coin - 2 Cents, New Zealand, 1973
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Two Cents 1973: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 32.1