Story: Coins and banknotes

Current coins (2nd of 2)

Current coins

These are the current New Zealand coins. In 1991 the $1 and $2 banknotes were replaced by coins. The $1 coin features a kiwi and the $2 a kōtuku (white heron). In 2006 the five-cent piece was withdrawn and the 10, 20 and 50-cent coins were made smaller and lighter. The monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, remained on the obverse ('heads') side of all the coins.

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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