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Call: 06 262 7262

2006 Gold Rush Silver Proof Coin

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The silver proof coin showed alluvial gold being washed in a pan by hand – relating to the alluvial form in which gold was first discovered in Thames.


  • Historical theme
  • Minted from 99.9% fine silver with pure gold plating
  • Low worldwide mintage.


This beautiful $1 silver gilded coin depicted the hand panning of alluvial gold from a river. Early alluvial gold discoveries, like that of Charles Ring in 1852, were an important forebear to the large scale gold mining rushes in the region that followed in the 1860s and 1870s.

Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof
Composition: 99.9% fine silver with pure gold plating
Weight: 31.135 grams
Diameter: 40.60mm
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: Gold panning in river
Worldwide mintage limit: 3,000
Mint: The Perth Mint Australia
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