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2017 Taniwha Silver Proof Coin

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A dominant creature in many Māori legends, the taniwha is beautifully depicted in this 1oz silver proof coin. They were said to live in water, favouring deep pools in lakes, or rough waters and rips in rivers and oceans. The powerful taniwha can be seen emerging from a stormy sea in this detailed coin.


  • Features the legendary taniwha in all its glory.
  • Designed by renowned New Zealand artist Dave Burke.
  • Limited to only 1,500 worldwide.
  • Minted from 0.999 silver
  • Packaged in an elegant display case depicting a powerful taniwha.


The ferocity and detailed characteristics of the taniwha have been beautifully illustrated by Dave Burke in this 1oz silver proof coin minted from 0.999 silver. This subject of many Māori myths and legends is portrayed emerging from turbulent waters which were said to be its favoured habitat.

This unique $1 coin shines through with its detailed taniwha design, and features the denomination in both Māori and English. Each coin is accompanied by an individually numbered certificate of authenticity, and is packaged in an elegant display case featuring an intricate taniwha design. Hard to come by but sure to be appreciated, don’t delay in adding this piece to your collection.

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Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Taniwha emerging out of the sea 
Designed by: Dave Burke, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 1,500
Mint: Royal Australian Mint