New Zealand Post - official issuer of New Zealand stamps & commemorative coins

2005 King Kong Brilliant Uncirculated Character Set

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This was the first time New Zealand Post ever used photo colour technology on these three brilliant uncirculated coins.


  • Three brilliant uncirculated coins
  • New Zealand's first ever photo colour coins
  • Depicted three key characters from the movie: King Kong, Carl Dunham, Ann Darrow and Jack Driscoll.


You could glance through the portholes of The Venture for memories that would last a lifetime. These three brilliant uncirculated coins featured the brave adventurers alongside the imposing image of Kong.

King Kong

When they arrive at the mysterious Skull Island, the explorers are faced with unimaginable dangers when they discover that Kong is real. The ferocious 25-foot gorilla shows his only weakness when he falls for the golden-haired Ann, and a dramatic adventure follows as they must fight to escape with their lives.

Carl Denham

When ambitious film-maker Carl Denham hears about an island untouched by time, a place thought only to exist in myth, he is captivated by the story and glimpses his chance at fame. Abandoning all caution, he embarks on a dramatic film project that is doomed to end in tragedy.

Ann Darrow and Jack Driscoll

In his search for a star, Dunham discovers Ann Darrow, a beautiful but out-of-work actress who is struggling to survive in Depression-era New York. Playwright Jack Driscoll completes the trio, oblivious to the role he will ultimately play in this wild adventure and the unlikely hero he will become.

The three coins were beautifully finished with colour pad print using the latest technology production as did the producers of the movie with its graphics. These were New Zealand's first ever photo colour coins and were mounted in eye catching unique packaging that was designed by Saatchi and Saatchi.

Denomination: 3 x One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Brilliant uncirculated
Composition: Aluminium bronze
Weight: 20 grams each
Diameter: 38.74mm each
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Three coins that featured the following characters: King Kong, Carl Denham with his camera, Ann Darrow and Jack Driscoll
Designed by: Packaging designed by Saatchi and Saatchi
Worldwide mintage limit: 50,000 sets
Mint: The Perth Mint