New Zealand 1983 cent

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
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In 1967, New Zealand abandoned the sterling coinage she had used since the days of Captain Cook and adopted the decimal dollar and cent. This two cent piece was struck 1970-85 at London, Canberra and Ottawa, New Zealand lacking her own mint. It was made in large quantities and was superseded by the Maklouf bust of the queen (KM 58, struck 1986-88). The reverse depicts a frond of the silver fern (Alsophila dealbata).

Recorded mintage: 40,000,000 plus 25,000 proofs.

Specification: 2.07 g, bronze, 17.53 mm diameter, designed by Arnold Machin and James Berry.

Catalog reference: KM 31.1.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.

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