|Coin||Two 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.
|Mint||Royal Australian Mint
||Mintage||38,573,000 (38.6 million)
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.
||ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1973
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.
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.