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Decimal coins (2nd of 2)

Decimal coins

The coins displayed are New Zealander James Berry's successful designs for the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50-cent coins, along with a new design for the 20 cent coin issued in 1990 (right, middle row). Englishman Arnold Machin's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II graced the obverse ('heads') side of all the coins, each of which featured a unique design on the reverse side: a fern frond (1 cent), a kōwhai branch in flower (2 cents), a tuatara basking on a rock (5 cents), a koruru or Māori carved head (10 cents), a kiwi with a fern (20 cents) and James Cook's ship Endeavour (50 cents).

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Coins and banknotes - Decimal currency, 1960s to 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 20 Jun 2012