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The British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour to New Zealand Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

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The British & Irish Lions toured New Zealand in 2017 in what was the most significant sporting event New Zealand has hosted since the 2011 Rugby World Cup. This brilliant uncirculated coin was a popular collectable for any British & Irish Lions fan.


Limited number of just 5,000 coins worldwide
Depicted two players in a traditional hongi
Featured the iconic British & Irish Lions badge
Packaged in a premium display card that featured further British & Irish Lions imagery.


This limited edition mixed metal coin was packaged in premium display card that featured imagery relating to The British & Irish Lions, as well as further information on the team’s history and their 2017 New Zealand tour.

The coin design depicted rugby players from New Zealand and The British & Irish Lions coming together in a hongi. The hongi is a sacred Māori physical embrace wherein two people become one by pressing noses and foreheads together. The British & Irish Lions badge is a historic and cherished symbol that represents the union of four rival nations. This along with the red colour of the background present a clear connection to the long established team.

Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Finish: Brilliant uncirculated
Composition: Copper-nickel 
Weight: 28 grams
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Reverse design: Stylised rugby players from New Zealand and The British & Irish Lions embraced in a hongi, with the Lions crest to the right
Designed by: Dave Burke Design, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 5,000
Mint: BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH