New Zealand 1933 shilling

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Heritage sale 3037, part of lot 31251
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was part of lot 31251 in Heritage sale 3037 (New York, January 2015), which sold for $14,100. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V silver 5-Piece Proof Set 1933, 3 Pence - PR65 NGC, KM1, 6 Pence - PR66 NGC, KM2, Shilling - PR66 NGC, KM3, Florin - PR66 NGC, KM4, 1/2 Crown - PR67 NGC, KM5, KM-PS1. A stunning, matched set with lightly dappled, silvery-gray patina over nicely-reflective fields. This is quite possibly a unique opportunity to own the first-issued Proof Set of New Zealand in this deluxe quality, as there are only 20 in existence." Coinage was first struck for New Zealand in 1933 and this type, struck 1933-35, quickly proved popular, being issued until the end of sterling coinage in 1965. The denomination was converted to copper-nickel in 1947. Most of the silver issues are expensive in high grade.

Recorded mintage: 2,000,000 plus about 20 proofs.

Specification: 5.65 g, .500 fine silver, .090 troy oz ASW, 23.62 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 3.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3037, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.

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