New Zealand to issue circulating 50-cent coin with added color for ANZAC centenary

Nation is fourth in world to circulate colorized coin in pocket change
By , Coin World
Published : 02/10/15
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On March 23, New Zealand will become the newest country to issue a coin for circulation bearing added color.

The 50-cent coin, which was announced Feb. 10, will mark the ANZAC centenary, 100 years since the involvement of Australian and New Zealand troops in World War I.

The coin will specifically honor the April 25, 1915, landing of ANZAC troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

It is the first New Zealand colorized circulating coin to be produced. The coin will be in circulation as legal tender and available for collectors. 

New Zealand joins Canada, Papua New Guinea and Australia as nations with colorized circulating coins. The Royal Canadian Mint, which struck the colorized Papua New Guinea and Canadian coins, also struck this coin for New Zealand (the RCM also strikes New Zealand’s standard 10-, 20- and 50-cent coins.)

The colorized 50-cent coin is minted as usual, before a special high-speed pad printing process stamps on the black and white color. 

A total of 1 million 2015 New Zealand coins will be released, the number representing the size of New Zealand’s population at the start of World War I. 

The Anzac coin design features a New Zealand and an Australian soldier standing back to back, their heads bowed in remembrance. The intervening space and background is filled with the black color, with the filigreelike patterns of the mangopare (hammerhead shark) in white in the field in front of each soldier. The mangopare symbolizes strength and determination. Silver fern fronds, reflecting New Zealand’s national identity, flank the design field at left and right. 

The added colors reflect New Zealand’s national colors. 

NZ Post commissioned renowned New Zealand artist Dave Burke to design the coin as part of its wider five-year Anzac commemorative stamp and coin program. 

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