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2020 New Zealand Annual Coin - Chatham Island Crested Penguin Silver Proof Coin

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Every year New Zealand Post releases a coin commemorating one of Aotearoa's extinct animals. This vivid coin recalls the recently discovered Chatham Island crested penguin, a unique species that existed on this remote archipelago until only a few hundred years ago.


  • First commemorative coin in the world to feature this recently discovered species
  • Very low worldwide mintage of 750
  • Designed by renowned New Zealand artist Dave Burke
  • $5 denomination
  • Minted from 0.999 silver.


This vividly illustrated 2oz silver proof coin was designed by New Zealand artist Dave Burke. Two Chatham Island crested penguins are imagined here with a stormy backdrop familiar to inhabitants of the Chatham Islands. The birds are encircled by an arc of koru designs. The coin was also issued in a 1oz format as part of the 2020 New Zealand Proof Currency Set.

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Denomination: Five New Zealand dollars
Finish: Proof
Composition: Silver
Weight: 2oz
Diameter: 50mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Chatham Island crested penguins
Deisgned by: Dave Burke, Tauranga, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 750
Mint: B.H. Mayer's Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH
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