A color legal tender 50-cent coin will be on sale to the public starting adjacent calendar month to commemorate the centennial, on 25 April 1915, of the Anzac landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula .
It is the first base time that a circulating New Zealand colored coin has been produced. The mint will be in circulation as legal tender and available for collectors .
The Reserve Bank has minted one million of the especial 50-cent coins. This number represents the size of the New Zealand population at the start of the First World War. The coins will be available to the public from 23 March through PostShops and Kiwibank branches.
The Anzac coin was released by the Governor-General, Lt. Gen. The Rt. Hon. Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, at an event at Government House in Wellington on 10 February, 2015 .
Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler said the coin will circulate with New Zealand ’ s existing currency .
“ The coin honours the intent of Anzac that was formed 100 years ago, and lives on today. This is the first time in New Zealand ’ s history that we have had a color commemorative circulate mint, and we expect it to be popular and highly sought after, ” Mr Wheeler said .
New Zealand Post Group Chief Executive Brian Roche said NZ Post commissioned renowned New Zealand artist Dave Burke to design the coin. It is contribution of NZ Post ’ s wider five-year stomp and coin plan commemorating the centennial of WWI and honoring the character in the war of staff from the Post and Telegraph Department ( a precursor of NZ Post ) .
“ The mint features New Zealand and australian soldiers standing back to back with their heads bowed in remembrance. The mangopare ( dunce shark ) convention symbolize strength and determination, and the argent fern reflects New Zealand ’ s national identity. ”
To represent New Zealand ’ s national colors, the mangopare is colored white on the mint, with the background colored black, Mr Roche said .
Sir Jerry Mateparae said the coin represents the chumminess forged between New Zealand and Australia 100 years ago, army for the liberation of rwanda aside from dwelling on the shores of Gallipoli .
“ This coin is a symbol of our nationhood. It reminds us of the events that occurred at Gallipoli. It helps us to remember the New Zealanders who served there and all those who have served our country during times of conflict and peace, and it is evidence that the links with Australia and the Anzac spirit digest. ”
The coins have been minted and color stamped by the Royal Canadian Mint, using a extra ‘ print pad ’ technology.
The Anzac circulate coin has the same specifications as the existing 50-cent coin and test has shown it will be accepted in coin and vending machines .
Key coin availability dates:
- Groups representing former and current armed services, including the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association members and Defence Force personnel, will be given the opportunity to pre-order a limited number of coins from today.
- The coins will be made available to the public to pre-order from 23 February 2015.
- The coins will be released publicly in PostShops and Kiwibank branches nationwide on Monday 23 March 2015 and sold at their 50 cent face value.