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2019 Kupe - The Great Navigator Silver Coin Set

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These 0.999 silver proof coins come with an individually numbered certificate, housed in a high quality case. Mintage is limited to just 500 sets, worldwide.


  • Minted from 0.999 silver
  • Limited worldwide mintage of 500 sets
  • Vivid colour-printed design by New Zealand artist Dave Burke
  • Tells the story of Kupe, the Polynesian navigator who discovered the islands of New Zealand.


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 detailed illustrations of the tattoos that adorned great Polynesian navigators. Kupe fights the wheke with his adze, Ranga-tū-whēnua. The second shows the great octopus under the waka, with the Matariki constellation above. Both coins are colour-printed with the vivid designs by New Zealand artist Dave Burke.

Denomination: Two x one New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof with colour printing
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: Two x 1oz
Diameter: Two x 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 - Kupe; Coin 2 - Wheke
Designed by: Dave Burke, Tauranga, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 500
Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH