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2013 New Zealand Annual Coin: Short-tailed Bat Silver Proof Coin

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Made from 1oz pure silver, this stunning legal tender silver proof coin highlights the special attributes of the short-tailed bat.


Features the lesser short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata)
Minted from 0.999 silver
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.

Made from 1oz pure silver, this legal tender coin is the only $5 silver proof commemorative coin to be issued annually. Featuring the short-tailed bat in three dimensions with an array of polishing effects, this coin has incredible depth and definition.


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: New Zealand short-tailed bat (Mystacina tuberculata)
Worldwide mintage limit: 2,000
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint