New Zealand 1944 1/2 crown

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Goldberg sale 85, lot 4210
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This specimen was lot 4208 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "New Zealand. Halfcrown, 1944. George VI. Rare key date of series. NGC graded MS-63." 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. Half crowns were struck for George VI in .500 fine silver 1937-46, then copper-nickel for 1947. In 1948 the obverse was revised from "GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR" to "KING GEORGE THE SIXTH." The denomination was terminated upon decimalization in 1965.

Recorded mintage: 180,000 plus proofs.

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

Catalog reference: KM-11.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.

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