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2012 New Zealand Annual Coin: Fairy Tern Silver Proof Coin

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The silver proof coin is the epitome of elegance and craftsmanship featuring the New Zealand fairy tern in three-dimensional glory.


Struck from 0.999 silver in proof quality
Featuring the New Zealand fairy tern in three-dimensional glory
Worldwide mintage of 4,000.


The $5 proof coin has been struck from 0.999 silver. The coin features the New Zealand fairy tern in three-dimensional glory, both as a bird in flight and in its natural nesting habitat. The mother and chicks are depicted in an egg-shaped vignette to reinforce the importance of every egg to the species survival, as it strives to overcome the everyday threats to its existence.


Denomination: Five New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 38.7mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Flying adult New Zealand fairy tern with mother and chicks in their common habitat
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
Worldwide mintage limit: 4,000