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Matariki 2022 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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Matariki, the Māori New Year, is celebrated annually across Aotearoa New Zealand when, in mid-winter, the Matariki star cluster rises.  This signals the time of year for us all to remember those loved ones who have gone before us. It leads the way to te waka o Tamarereti, where those who have died in the past year have gathered to begin their voyage to the gathering of those who lived before them, known as te kahui o nga kahurangi. 

As souls depart for their next lives, Matariki greets the rising sun – bringing, in all its glory, the promise of a new year and signalling a time to plan for the future and grasp new opportunities. 


  • 1oz silver proof coin featuring stunning Māori art 
  • Minted from 0.999 silver 
  • Designed by KE Design, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand 
  • Low worldwide mintage of 800 coins.


This coin depicts the Matariki origin story. Matariki is an abbreviation of ‘Ngā Mata o te Ariki Tāwhirimātea (‘The eyes of the god Tāwhirimātea’). In the creation story, the children of Ranginui (the sky father) and Papatūānuku (the earth mother) wished to separate their parents so that light could come into the world. The only brother who did not agree to this was Tāwhirimātea, the god of wind and storms. It is said that Tāwhirimātea was so angry with his siblings for separating his parents that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.

Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Proof with selective colour
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1 troy oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Tāwhirimātea
Designed by: KE Design, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 800
Mint: BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH

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  • 5

    Posted by Andreas Markwit on 28th Jul 2022

    What an amazing coin. Should have bought more than 1

  • 5
    Matariki 2022 1oz Silver Prof coin

    Posted by Shaun Lovett on 12th Jul 2022

    The coin is fantastic, good design, love the stars. I'm glad I have this coin in my collection. Keep up the good work.

  • 4
    Matariki proof coin

    Posted by Andreas on 22nd Jun 2022

    The stars are deep blue. A little difficult to find but if you move the coin around you see them