Official issuer of New Zealand stamps & commemorative coins

2022 Discover New Zealand Three Coin Set

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This coin set features the three coins issues as part of the Discover New Zealand series, a stream of commemorative coins showcasing New Zealand’s unique natural beauty. The coins in the series are united by a specially designed kaitiaki - guardian - that sits at the base of each coin. The kaitiaki not only acts as a unifying feature that acknowledges Māori as tangata whenua (the people of the land), but is a minder or caregiver, protecting the taonga (treasure) encapsulated by the coin. 


  • Features all three coins from the Discover New Zealand series celebrating New Zealand’s natural wonders 
  • Minted from 0.999 silver 
  • Only 207 sets available worldwide (each coin has a maximum mintage of 1,000) 
  • Series includes a unique kaitiaki (guardian) design that unites the coins. 



The hero of this coin is a stunning photographic image of the tūī feeding from harakeke. The background of the central image is printed over a layer of white ink to highlight the bird in the foreground. Tūī are familiar to most New Zealanders, populating forest and suburbia throughout the country. While they look black from a distance, in good light their plumage boasts iridescent sheens of blue, green and bronze, and delicate white lacy feathering around the neck. 

Aoraki Mount Cook

Featuring a beautiful illustration of Aoraki Mount Cook by NZ artist Ben Timmins. Local iwi (tribe) Ngāi Tahu considers Aoraki to be the most sacred of the ancestors from whom they descend. Aoraki provided a training ground for Sir Edmund Hilary, before he went on to scale Mount Everest. 


The coin depicts a collection of kōwhai flowers and leaves, with the flowers in full colour and the leaves in the silver of the metal. All elements are moulded and raised. The kōwhai is one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most cherished trees, its vibrant yellow blooms and the birds that flock to them welcome signs of spring. 

Denomination: Three x one New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof with select colour
Composition: Silver
Weight: Three x 1oz
Diameter: Tūī: 40mm; Aoraki Mount Cook and Kōwhai: 38.6mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Coin 1: Aoraki Mount Cook and Kaitiaki; Coin 2: Kōwhai flower and katiaki; Coin 3: Tūī and Kaitiaki
Designed by: Coin 1 (Aoraki Mount Cook): Ben Timmins, Taranaki, New Zealand; Coin 2 (Kōwhai): Stephen Fuller, Wellington, New Zealand; Coin 3 (Tūī): NZ Post, Wellington, New Zealand; Katiaki designed by Dave Burke, Tauranga, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 207 sets (1,000 of each coin minted)
Mint: Coin 1 and 2 (Aoraki Mount Cook and Kōwhai): The Commonwealth Mint; Coin 3 (Tūī): Royal Dutch Mint