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2013 Maori Art - Koru Gold Proof Coin

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Minted from 0.9999 gold, and with an extremely low worldwide mintage of only 250, you'll need to get in quickly to obtain this special coin before it sells out.


The design of the coin features the koru which is represented in the unfurling silver fern frond and the surrounding artwork represents the domain of Tāne Mahuta
Minted from 1 troy oz 0.9999 gold
The coin is housed within a waka huia (ornamental carved vessel for taonga). Designed by Dave Burke and carved from a 50,000-year old New Zealand swamp kauri
Extremely low worldwide mintage of 250.


The koru is represented on this stunning coin in the unfurling silver fern frond, which will grow into a rauponga. The surrounding artwork represents the domain of Tāne Mahuta, the God of the Forest. Tāne is depicted through a series of koru patterns and is watching over his domain - in which countless piko will grow into established ferns.

The intricate design features the koru and rauponga beautifully engraved with three-dimensional relief, giving the coins incredible depth and dimension. The depiction of Tāne Mahuta contains striking contrasts between the frosted koru and the polished background - resulting in visually powerful coins that are not to be missed.

This 1oz gold proof coin is beautifully housed within a waka huia (ornamental carved vessel for taonga). Designed by Dave Burke, the waka huia is crafted from 50,000-year-old New Zealand swamp kauri, and continues the theme of the koru.

The design of the waka huia pays respect to Matariki and celebrates the dawn of the new year. The koru on top of the waka huia reach towards each other and symbolise growth, new life, regeneration, belonging, unity, purity, aroha (love), nurturing, peace, balance, positivity and new beginnings. As the koru grows it stretches out and reaches toward the light. The pattern on the lid of the waka huia is the koiri and means to flourish.

Waka huia designer Dave Burke is a graduate of the Otago School of Fine Art and has over 20 years experience working in the field of art, design and advertising.


Denomination: Ten New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.9999 gold
Weight: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 38.74mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Koru, ferns and Tāne Mahuta - God of the Forest
Worldwide mintage limit: 250
Mint: Royal Australian Mint