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2021 Whanau Marama - Family of Light Silver Coin Set

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Tamanuiterā (the Sun) and Marama (the Moon) together with Ngā Whetū Matariki (the Pleiades star cluster) make up the family of heavenly bodies known as te Whānau Mārama (the Family of Light). 

Knowledge of the relationship between Ngā Whetū Matariki, Tamanuiterā and Marama has been handed down over time through wānanga (schools of learning) and pūrakau (folk stories) of Māori, the indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. Knowledge of the rising and positioning of Tamanuiterā and the phases of the Marama, together with the positioning and movement of ngā Whetū is known as Tātai Arorangi and was retained by tohunga kokorangi and tohunga tātai arorangi (astromonical experts). 


  • Celebrating Matariki, the Māori New Year, a festival unique to New Zealand 
  • Minted from 0.999 silver 
  • Low worldwide mintage of 400 sets 
  • Designed by renowned Māori artist Dave Burke 
  • Presented in an elegant display case with a certificate of authenticity. 


Designed by Dave Burke (Kupe the Great Navigator, Ngā Hau e Whā/The Four Winds) the two coins in this issue represent the Sun and Moon respectively, with detailed illustration and colour printing on the silver coins. 

The bright face of Mārama (the Moon) and its lunar phases (Maramataka) help Māori to interact with the stars of Matariki. Tamanuiterā (the Sun) has two wives, Hine raumati (summer) and Hinetakurua (winter). The pathway that Tamanuiterā follows in summer is different to that which he traces during winter. This means the Matariki star cluster is positioned differently each season. 

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Denomination: Two x One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof with select colour and gold plating
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 2 x 1oz
Diameter: 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: Sun Coin 2: Moon
Designed by: Dave Burke, Tauranga, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 400
Mint: B.H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH