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2020 Maui and the First Dog - Maui raua ko Irawaru Gold Coin Set

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


  • 0.9999 gold proof coins
  • Limited worldwide mintage of 150 sets
  • Face value of $10
  • Housed in a hand-made box made of native New Zealand timber and inlaid with unique Māori artwork
  • Coins and box designed by New Zealand artist David Hakaraia. 


The first coin in this set depicts an enraged Māui using his divine powers to transform his brother-in-law into a beast – the first dog of New Zealand. The second coin shows a forlorn Irawaru transformed into a dog, and his wife, Māui’s sister Hinauri, crying at the loss of her husband. Both coins are embellished with unique koru designs. The coins are minted to the highest proof quality to showcase the finest details in the design.

Denomination: Two x ten New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: 0.9999 gold
Weight: Two x ½oz
Diameter: 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 - Māui; Coin 2 - Irawaru
Designed by: Dave Hakaraia, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 150
Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH