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2019 Kupe - The Great Navigator Gold Coin Set

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These 0.9999 gold proof coins come with an individually numbered certificate, housed in a hand-made kauri box. The mintage is limited to just 150 sets worldwide.


  • The first ever gold New Zealand coins to depict the legend of Kupe
  • Minted from 0.9999 gold
  • Worldwide mintage of just 150 sets
  • Housed in a hand-made native New Zealand kauri wood wakahuia box
  • Designed by New Zealand artist Dave Burke.


This set of coins focuses on the battle between Kupe and the mighty octopus, Te Wheke-o-Muturangi. The first shows a close-up of Kupe entangled in the octopus, with details of the tattoos that adorned great Polynesian navigators. Kupe is fighting it with his adze, Ranga-tū-whēnua. The second shows the great octopus under the waka, with the Matariki constellation above.

Denomination: Two x ten New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.9999 gold
Weight: Two x ½oz
Diameter: Two x 30mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Coin 1 - Kupe; Coin 2 - Wheke
Designed by: Dave Burke, Tauranga, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 150
Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH