The dark, jelly-like, strong-flavoured mānuka honey was not popular for consumption among early settlers in New Zealand. However, studies and research in the 1980s proved the benefits of consuming mānuka honey and using it on irritated skin and wounds. Now mānuka honey, with its renowned medicinal properties, is in high demand all over the world.
- Minted from 0.999 silver with selective colour
- Features honey dipper with gold-coloured resin - replicating real honey
- Limited worldwide mintage of just 2,018
- Unique hexagonal shape
- Each coin includes a unique numbered certificate.
Rather than avoiding the common mānuka shrubs and trees, beekeepers are now placing their hives in areas that are densely populated with the fragrant, native plant. Although there is no way to encourage bees to go specifically to mānuka flowers, placing the hives nearby does mean that there is likely to be a higher concentration of mānuka in the final honey product.
The Mānuka Honey coin follows the success of our 2016 Honey Bee coin. The hexagonal shape has been used again as it represents honey bees and the honeycombs they use for storage. Coloured resin is used to depict the rich, golden colour of mānuka honey, and can be seen dripping from a wooden dipper. A digitally printed honey bee is perched on a whitish-pink mānuka flower. Other engraving techniques give further depth to this beautiful coin.
|Denomination:||One New Zealand dollar|
|Finish:||Proof with selective colour and resin|
|Weight:||1 troy oz|
|Diameter:||46mm x 40mm|
|Obverse design:||Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom|
|Reverse design:||Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on a mānuka (Leptospermum scoparium) flower|
|Designed by:||Jonathan Gray, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Worldwide mintage limit:||2,018|
|Mint:||BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH|