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2019 New Zealand Annual Coin: North Island Takahe Silver Proof Coin

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There is one reference to a possible European sighting of a mōho. It was reported that in 1894 a surveyor captured a large, unfamiliar blue bird in the northern Ruahine Range, causing great excitement among Māori elders who were shown the skin. This specimen has not survived, but it is tentatively regarded as having been a North Island takahē.


  • Low worldwide mintage of 1,500
  • Designed by renowned NZ artist Dave Burke
  • $5 denomination
  • Minted from 0.999 silver.


This stunning 1oz silver proof coin was designed by New Zealand artist Dave Burke. The extinct North Island takahē is imagined here with the plumage of its South Island counterpart. The takahē is encircled by unique koru designs, layered to make the bird’s beak visually protrude from the flat surface.

The coin is also available with vivid colour printing on the takahē, as part of the 2019 New Zealand Proof Currency Set.

Denomination: Five New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: North Island Takahē
Designed by: Dave Burke, Auckland, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 1,500
Mint: B. H. Mayer's Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH