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2017 50 Years of New Zealand Decimal Currency Silver Proof Coin

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Take a closer look at some of the key elements of James Berry designs that decorate the surface of this spectacular 2oz decimal currency coin. The relief and polishing effects used give each icon depth and detail best viewed up close.


  • Extremely low worldwide mintage of just 350 coins
  • Features key elements from New Zealand’s 1967 decimal coin designs
  • Uniquely New Zealand 2oz silver proof coin
  • Features some of James Berry’s original designs
  • Packaged in a premium dark wooden box with silver detailing on the lid.


On 10 July 1967, New Zealand abandoned pounds, shillings and pence in favour of decimal currency. The new system was quickly adopted by New Zealand and was generally easier to understand than the complex imperial system. Of course, this new currency meant that there also needed to be new coins. The designs that were finally settled on had been designed by New Zealander James Berry. His designs of a silver fern, kōwhai, tuatara, Māori carved head or kōruru, kiwi and HMS Endeavour were chosen from a wide selection of submissions, and his 10-cent and 50-cent coin designs remain in use today.

This 2oz commemorative coin incorporates all of the iconic New Zealand symbols that were used in James Berry’s original designs. Each of the key elements are dispersed around the edge of the coin and encompassed by delicate koru designs.

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Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof
Composition: Silver 0.999
Weight: 2oz
Diameter: 50mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Key elements from New Zealand’s six 1967 decimal currency coin designs
Designed by: Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 350
Mint: BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH