Two Dollars 1997, Coin from New Zealand - detailed information

Two Dollars 1997, Coin from New Zealand
CoinTwo Dollars 1997

The New Zealand two-dollar coin is the largest-denomination coin of the New Zealand dollar. It was introduced along with the small circulating one-dollar coin in 1990. Both are made from an alloy of aluminium and brass. It is also the largest and heaviest coin in circulation.

The 1997 New Zealand $2 coin was recalled quickly and destroyed because it was slightly wider than the earlier $2 coins, causing it to get stuck in vending machines and parking meters.

Mints
NameMint markMintage
South African Mint No mint mark 1,000,000 (1.0 million)
Royal Mint No mint mark 6,282 (6282)
Obverse
New Zealand / Two Dollars 1997 - obverse photo

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 1997.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1997
Reverse
New Zealand / Two Dollars 1997 - reverse photo

The reverse features an eastern great egret (a type of white heron, Ardea alba modesta; in Maori: kotuku) below curved decorations. The bird is sacred to New Zealand's indigenous Māori people, and highly endangered within the country, only inhabiting the Okarito Lagoon on the South Island.

Kotuku or white heron have always been rare in New Zealand and are revered by both Māori and pakeha for its elegant white feathers. This graceful bird has long, slender legs and a long, thin S-shaped neck, which has a distinct kink when flying. Kotuku are specially adapted for wading in shallow, muddy waterways: it has long legs that are bare of feathers to well above the ankle joint and long spreading toes. In New Zealand it only breeds near Whataroa, South Westland, between September and January.

The value and denomination, TWO DOLLARS, is curved below the bird.

Reverse Inscription TWO DOLLARS
EdgeGroovedEdge InscriptionNone
Two Dollars 1997: Known varieties
Variety In sets (Royal Mint)
Mintage 4,150 (included in total)
Variety Proof (Royal Mint)
Mintage 2,132 (included in total)
Two Dollars 1997: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mint link
Reserve Bank of New Zealand Mintage link Circulation mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Sets and proof mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Sets and proof
Two Dollars 1997 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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South African MintUncirculated (UNC) 4.98 4.93 4.89 4.84
Royal MintIn sets (Royal Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 9.96 9.86 9.77 9.68
Two Dollars 1997 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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South African MintGem Uncirculated 4.98 4.93 4.88 4.82
South African MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 3.17 2.84 2.50 2.17
South African MintUncirculated (UNC) 2.12 1.96 1.80 1.64
Royal MintProof (Royal Mint)Proof FDC 11.96 11.83 11.70 11.57
Royal MintProof (Royal Mint)Proof 20.99 20.96 20.94 20.91
Historic values in NZD for Two Dollars 1997 / In sets (Royal Mint) / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in NZD for Two Dollars 1997 / South African Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Two Dollars 1997 / Proof (Royal Mint) / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Two Dollars 1997 / South African Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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All (27) Coins of Country: New Zealand, Type: Two Dollars
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Dollars 1990 30,018,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1990
Two Dollars 1991 10,035,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1991
Two Dollars 1992 (mint sets only) 24,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1992
Two Dollars 1993 Kingfisher 50,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1993
Two Dollars 1994 (mint sets only) 11,600 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1994
Two Dollars 1995 (mint sets only) 9,560 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1995
Two Dollars 1996 (mint sets only) 7,719 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1996
Two Dollars 1997 1,006,282 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1997
Two Dollars 1998 6,002,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND 1998
Two Dollars 1999 5,054,999 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 1999
Two Dollars 2000 (mint sets only) 4,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2000
Two Dollars 2001 3,004,910 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2001
Two Dollars 2002 6,005,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2002
Two Dollars 2003 6,004,496 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2003
Two Dollars 2004 (mint sets only) 6,300 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2004
Two Dollars 2005 5,006,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2005
Two Dollars 2006 (mint sets only) 5,100 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2006
Two Dollars 2007 (mint sets only) 9,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2007
Two Dollars 2008 8,008,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2008
Two Dollars 2009 (mint sets only) 3,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2009
Two Dollars 2010 (mint sets only) 3,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2010
Two Dollars 2011 8,004,700 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2011
Two Dollars 2012 (mint sets only) 4,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2012
Two Dollars 2013 (mint sets only) 6,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2013
Two Dollars 2014 7,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2014
Two Dollars 2015 3,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2015
Two Dollars 2016 3,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2016
Two Dollars 1997: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Coin TypeTwo Dollars
Issued1997
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Mintage1,006,282
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerRobert Maurice Conly
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)26.5000
Thickness (mm)2.7000
Mass (g)10
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Two Dollars 1997: Photos
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$2 1997
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$2 1997
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Two Dollars 1997: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 79