New Zealand 1950 penny

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50581
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was part of lot 50581 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $646. The catalog description[1] noted, "NEW ZEALAND. Penny, 1950. PCGS PROOF-64 RB. PCGS PROOF-64 RB." New Zealand did not receive her own coinage until 1933, British coins being used heretofore. Issue of pennies and half pennies did not begin until 1940. This type, with the revised obverse legend "KING GEORGE THE SIXTH," was minted 1949-52, there being no issue for 1948. All dates are common but proofs are rare.

Recorded mintage: 5,784,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: bronze, 30.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 21.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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