Story: Coins and banknotes

Second series of banknotes: £50 (5th of 5)

Second series of banknotes: £50

The second-series £50 banknote is red. Like the second-series £10 note, the obverse side depicts the coat of arms, a ship, a canoe and James Cook, and a three-sided border. The denomination appears in three corners. Alongside an oval watermark panel, the main image on the reverse is a dairy-farming scene before Mt Taranaki, showing grazing cows. The large border depicts Māori and European iconography and contains the bank’s legend and a tūī. The denomination appears along the bottom in words and in numerals on the corners.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Coins and banknotes - A national currency, 1930s to 1960s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012