Story: Tuatara

Five-cent coin (2nd of 4)

Five-cent coin

From 1967, when it replaced the sixpence, until 2006, when it was taken out of circulation, the five-cent coin featured a tuatara on a rocky shore with a gull in the background. The five-cent piece was scrapped because inflation had diminished it to about half a cent in terms of its 1967 value – it was effectively worthless in 2006.

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Charles Daugherty and Susan Keall, 'Tuatara - Life history', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 February 2023)

Story by Charles Daugherty and Susan Keall, published 24 Sep 2007