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2016 Kiwi Silver Specimen Coin - Silver Coin

Silver Coin
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Technical details
  • 16.11.2016
  • Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
  • BH Mayer’s Kunstprageanstalt GmbH
  • Silver
  • 34mm x 45mm, 1 Troy Oz
  • One New Zealand dollar
About 2016 Kiwi Silver Specimen Coin

Intro

The kiwi lays one of the largest eggs in the world in relation to its body size, and the great spotted kiwi (Apteryx haastii) lays the largest eggs of all the species of kiwi. This unique attribute is celebrated in the 2016 Kiwi coin, which is minted in the shape of a kiwi egg.

Issue Information

This unusually shaped coin reflects the great spotted kiwi’s quirks in more ways than one - as well as being shaped like a kiwi’s egg, the background of the coin shows Mount Rolleston in the Southern Alps, reflecting its preference for higher altitudes. The coin has also been printed in selective colour to replicate the colour and texture of the egg. The design features the scientific name of the kiwi, Apteryx haastii and even the obverse of the coin has been adapted to reflect the egg-shape of the coin.

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2016 Kiwi Silver Specimen Coin

Intro

The kiwi lays one of the largest eggs in the world in relation to its body size, and the great spotted kiwi (Apteryx haastii) lays the largest eggs of all the species of kiwi. This unique attribute is celebrated in the 2016 Kiwi coin, which is minted in the shape of a kiwi egg.

Highlights

New Zealand’s first egg-shaped coin Minted from 0.999 silver with selective colour Coin is printed with selective colour to mimic the appearance of a kiwi egg Features the great spotted kiwi depicted against Mount Rolleston in the Southern Alps Limited worldwide mintage of 7,50

Design

The kiwi has been considered the mascot of New Zealand for many years, but despite our best conservation efforts, the numbers continue to decline year on year. Kiwi are mostly nocturnal, omnivorous birds whose closest living relatives are the Australian cassowary and emu, and like them, it cannot fly. The kiwi’s loose, hair-like feathers, long beak and large whiskers give it a scruffy, but endearing appearance.

The great spotted kiwi, also known as the roroa, can be found around the north-western part of the South Island. Sadly, numbers of great spotted kiwi have dropped drastically since New Zealand's colonisation, with only around 15,000 alive today. Unlike other kiwi, which tend to live in dense forests, the great spotted kiwi favours higher-altitude areas, making it difficult to reach for its natural predators (such as stoats, cats and dogs).

Rounding out this visually striking issue is the silver specimen coin, minted from 0.999 silver. Although the specimen has a different finish from those of the two proof coins in this collection, it still incorporates the selective colour and is the affordable way to include this attractive coin in your kiwi coin collection.