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2013 New Zealand Annual Coin: Short-tailed Bat Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

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The brilliant uncirculated coin in this collection highlights the special attributes of the short-tailed bat and is beautifully crafted in copper-nickel.


Features the lesser short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata)
Crafted in copper-nickel
The only $5 New Zealand commemorative coin issued annually
Worldwide mintage of 2,000.


The design of the coin includes the unique bat using its folded wings to walk along the forest floor. It is beautifully framed within a circle that represents the moon (highlighting the nocturnal nature of the bat). The upper part of the coin features the bat in flight alongside New Zealand native ferns, and both the common and scientific names of the species are also included in the design – making it an extra-special coin to treasure.

Beautifully crafted in copper-nickel, this coin is sure to please animal lovers and coin collectors alike. Sealed in a special presentation card, this limited edition coin is the only $5 brilliant uncirculated commemorative coin issued annually.


Denomination: Five New Zealand dollars
Finish: Brilliant uncirculated 
Composition: Copper-nickel
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: New Zealand short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata)
Worldwide mintage limit: 2,000
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint