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Coin: Two Cents 1974

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 1974 circulated for 16 years before they were demonetised on 1 May 1990.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value2 (x Cent) TypeTwo Cents
Year1974 CurrentNo (demonetised 1990)
Mintage50,023,000 (50.0 million)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 50,023,000 (50.0 million)
MaterialBronze DesignerReginald George James Berry
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.0800 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)4.1400

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 1974.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1974

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 inscription2
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone

Krause catalogues list mintage of 50,015,000. 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 1974: Known varieties
In sets 15,000 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Proof 8,000 (included in main number)
Two Cents 1974: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 32.1
Two Cents 1974: References to Information Used
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Two Cents 1974: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 2 Cents, New Zealand, 1974
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (23) coins of type: New Zealand / Two Cents
Two Cents 1967 Two Cents 1967 (no date, Bahamas mule) Two Cents 1968 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1969 Two Cents 1970 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1971
Two Cents 1972 Two Cents 1973 Two Cents 1974 Two Cents 1975 Two Cents 1976 Two Cents 1977
Two Cents 1978 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1979 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1980 Two Cents 1981 Two Cents 1982 Two Cents 1983
Two Cents 1984 Two Cents 1985 Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Two Cents 1987 Two Cents 1988 (mint sets only)