Story: Kiwi

New Zealand currency (1st of 2)

New Zealand currency

In the late 19th century the kiwi was widely used as a commercial trademark, and appeared on banknotes. This 10-shilling note is from the second series of banknotes issued by the newly established Reserve Bank, in 1940. The first series had been issued in 1934. The image of the kiwi was based on J. G. Keulemans’s illustration, which had appeared in Walter Buller’s A history of the birds of New Zealand (1873). The kiwi was also on the 2-shilling coin, facing left. When decimal currency was introduced in 1967, the kiwi reappeared on the 20-cent coin, but this time it faced right.

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Jock Phillips, 'Kiwi - Kiwi and people: early history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 15 May 2015