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2008 Sir Edmund Hillary - A Lifetime of Achievement Silver Proof Coin

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Celebrate the life of one of New Zealand’s best loved national heroes with this silver proof coin.


  • 1 oz silver proof coin
  • Depicts iconic Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Comes with mini biography of Sir Edmund
  • Worldwide mintage limit: 10,000.


Bearing the legend 'A Lifetime of Achievement', this silver proof coin depicts Sir Edmund against a colour backdrop of the world’s highest peak, Mt Everest, which he successfully reached at the age of 33 with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay 55 years ago on 29 May 1953. The coin is offered in a classic navy leatherette presentation case and is accompanied by a numbered authentication booklet, including a mini biography of Sir Edmund.

Denomination: New Zealand one dollar (NZD $1)
Finish and Composition: Fine silver (0.999)
Weight: 1 ounce
Diameter: 40.6mm
Edge Treatment: Milled
Obverse Design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse Design: Sir Edmund Hillary against a backdrop of Mt Everest
Mint: Perth Mint
Worldwide Mintage Limit: 10,000 coins