New Zealand 1940 1/2 crown

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from the Mountain Groan Collection
New Zealand 1940 florin rev DSLR.jpg
Stack's Bowers ANA sale, lot 1317
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

The second specimen was lot 1317 in Stack's Bowers ANA auction (Chicago, August 2014), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description[1] noted, "NEW ZEALAND. 1/2 Crown, 1940. PCGS PROOF-65 CAMEO Secure Holder. New Zealand centennial. VERY RARE. From the Kevin Tierney Collection." 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 commemorated the centennial of the settlement of New Zealand. Circulation issues are common in all grades but proofs are rare.

Recorded mintage: 100,800 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 14.14 g, .500 fine silver, 32 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-14.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2014 Chicago ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the David O'Harrow Collection, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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