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Coin: Two Dollars 2011
Description

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.

Coins issued in 2011 have now been in circulation for seven years.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Dollar
Face value2 (x Dollar) TypeTwo Dollars
Year2011 CurrentYes
Mintage8,004,700 (8.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 8,000,000 (8.0 million)
Royal Dutch Mint No mint mark 4,700 (4700)
MaterialAluminium-Bronze DesignerRobert Maurice Conly
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)26.5000 Thickness (mm)2.7000
Mass (g)10
Obverse

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2011.

Obverse inscription NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II 2011
Reverse

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 inscriptionTWO DOLLARS
EdgeGrooved Edge inscriptionNone
Two Dollars 2011: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In sets, brass (Royal Dutch Mint) 2,000 (included in main number)
Proof, brass (Royal Dutch Mint) 1,500 (included in main number)
Proof, silver (Royal Dutch Mint) 1,200 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Two Dollars 2011: Photos
Two Dollars 2011: Photo Brass 2 dollar of Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Brass 2 dollar of Reserve Bank of New Zealand
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Two Dollars 2011: Photo Brass 2 dollar of Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Brass 2 dollar of Reserve Bank of New Zealand
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Two Dollars 2011: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 121
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 121a (brass)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 121b (silver)
Two Dollars 2011: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint
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 2011: Some useful external links
American Numismatic Society: Brass 2 dollar of Reserve Bank of New Zealand
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List of all (27) coins of type: New Zealand / Two Dollars
Two Dollars 1990 Two Dollars 1991 Two Dollars 1992 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 1993 Kingfisher Two Dollars 1994 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 1995 (mint sets only)
Two Dollars 1996 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 1997 Two Dollars 1998 Two Dollars 1999 Two Dollars 2000 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 2001
Two Dollars 2002 Two Dollars 2003 Two Dollars 2004 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 2005 Two Dollars 2006 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 2007 (mint sets only)
Two Dollars 2008 Two Dollars 2009 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 2010 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 2011 Two Dollars 2012 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 2013 (mint sets only)
Two Dollars 2014 Two Dollars 2015 Two Dollars 2016