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2016 New Zealand Honey Bee Silver Proof Coin

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Just like the industrious honey bee, this 1oz silver proof coin has a lot to offer.


  • Minted from 0.999 silver with selective colour
  • Features honeycomb partially filled with resin - replicating real honey
  • Limited worldwide mintage of just 1,500
  • Unique honeycomb shape
  • Each coin includes a unique numbered certificate.


The hexagonal shape of the coin is based on a cell of honeycomb in a hive. In the honey-making process, worker bees build a honeycomb structure of cells where nectar and pollen are stored, and larvae develop.

The honey bee is brought to life on the coin with three-dimensional engraving and colour printing. It’s depicted sitting on the honeycomb, which has been partially filled with translucent amber-coloured resin - replicating real honey!

Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof with selective colour and resin
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 46mm x 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Hexagonal
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) on honeycomb
Designed by: Hannah Stancliffe-White, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 1,500
Mint: BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH