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2023 Piwakawaka 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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The pīwakawaka is fantail species found only in Aotearoa New Zealand. Its distinctive ‘cheet cheet’ call is a common feature of forests and backyards all over the country.

The pīwakawaka (known by 20 or 30 other names) also has an important place in Māori mythology: it is said be responsible for the presence of death in the world. The demigod Māui, believing he could give mankind everlasting life by entering the goddess of death through the pathway of birth, was thwarted when the pīwakawaka woke. The goddess, Hine-nui-te-pō, was so angry with Māui that she ended his life by crushing him between her legs. Although not to be feared, it can be interpreted as a sign of a death to come.


  • Designed by New Zealand artist Julian Hindson
  • Each coin is minted from 1oz of 0.999 silver
  • Low worldwide mintage of 999 coins
  • Presented in an elegant display case with a certificate of authenticity.


Pīwakawaka have two colour morphs: pied and black. The pied pīwakawaka is the more common and more widely distributed form, and is featured on this coin. The stunning portrait of the pīwakawaka is by New Zealand artist Julian Hindson, the coin’s designer. The branch the bird perches on is raised and frosted. An effigy of His Majesty King Charles III designed by New Zealander Stephen Fuller features on the obverse.

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Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof with select colour printing
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of His Majesty King Charles III by Stephen J Fuller, New Zealand
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Piwakawaka
Designed by: Julian Hindson, Auckland, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 999
Mint: Sunshine Minting Ltd
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