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1914 For King and Empire Silver Proof Coin - Silver Coin

Silver Coin
GBP £68.47
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Technical details
  • 26.08.2014
  • Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
  • Royal Australian Mint
  • 0.9999 silver
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  • 40mm, 1 troy oz
  • One New Zealand dollar
About 1914 For King and Empire Silver Proof Coin


As part of the First World War five year programme, New Zealand Post will issue legal tender commemorative coins.

Issue Information

These highly collectable and intricately designed silver proof and gold proof coins will highlight not only the plight of those who left for the war, but those who were left behind.



Minted from 0.999 silver. Limited worldwide mintage of 2,500. Coin comes in a pressed metal tin, made to resemble those gifted to soldiers in World War I by HRH Princess Mary at Christmas. Coin depicts the announcement of war by New Zealand Parliament with an excited newsboy selling the day’s headline in the foreground. Collectable coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the commencement of World War I.


This 1oz silver proof coin portrays the official announcement of New Zealand’s declaration of war – on 5 August 1914. When Great Britain declared war on Germany, New Zealand was drawn into the fray by virtue of still being a part of the British Empire. The design shows the announcement of war by the Governor on the steps of the General Assembly Library, now known as the Parliamentary Library, as Parliament had burned down in 1907. The foreground features an eager paperboy selling the day’s big headline – war had been declared.