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2018 Maui and the Sun - Tama Nui-te-Ra Silver Coin Set

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Rā is still held fast by Māui's flax ropes as depicted on the these stunning 2 x 1oz silver proof coins.


  • 2 x 1 oz silver coins, one picturing Māui, the other with gold plating featuring Rā (the sun) linked together by Māui's ropes
  • Limited worldwide mintage of just 1,500 sets
  • Set in an acrylic block, housed within a premium black leatherette display case with a red and white rope pattern on the lid
  • Designed by David Hakaraia and artist Elisabeth Vüllings.


The heroic legend of Māui capturing and slowing the sun is depicted in these two 1oz silver coins. The mighty sun, Rā is captured with detailed gold plating, while Māui is portrayed holding fast the ropes he used to slow Rā. The coins are laid out in an acrylic block in a way which mimics the legend. The ropes held by Māui are etched into the surface of the acrylic block and line up with the ropes attached to Rā so that Māui appears to still be holding the sun in place.

These stunning coins are minted from 0.999 silver and come housed in a premium display case with a striking red leather band across the top. Each set comes with an individually numbered certificate which gives a quick overview of the legend of how Māui slowed the sun.

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Denomination: Two x one New Zealand dollars
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 2 x 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: Coin 1: Sun (with gold plating); Coin 2: Māui
Designed by: Dave Hakaraia and artist Elisabeth Vüllings, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 1,500
Mint: BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH