The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has launched a new coin celebrating the day Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning British and New Zealand monarch in history, surpassing her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s record of 63 years and 219 days.
Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne of New Zealand with the death of her father, King George VI, on the February 6, 1952. In New Zealand she is referred to as Her Majesty in Right of New Zealand, or the Queen in Right of New Zealand. She is represented by a Governor-General who is appointed by Parliament.
Queen Elizabeth II has visited on several times and has participated in the formal opening of Parliament in Wellington on five separate occasions: January 1954, February 1963, March 1970, February 1986, and February 1990. The Queen most recently visited New Zealand as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations in February 2002; this visit was believed by royal watchers to be her last.
The coin, produced by the BH Mayer’s Mint GmbH on behalf of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, is remarkable as it is minted in two parts: an outer ring and a rotating central disc made of zinc, with a nickel finish. This coin has been highly anticipated and received much positive feedback when presented at the 2015 World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. The obverse of the inner coin includes the effigy of the Queen created by Ian Rank-Broadley and used on the coins of New Zealand since 2000.
The reverse side includes the portrait of the Queen first introduced in 1953, the year of the Queen’s coronation; it was then used on New Zealand coins until 1967, when the country introduced a decimal monetary system.
Both portraits are framed by a chaplet of roses, as seen on Her Majesty’s personal flag. The outer rim of the obverse includes the text NEW ZEALAND, ELIZABETH II, 2015, and ONE DOLLAR. The reverse includes the text NEW ZEALAND’S LONGEST REIGNING MONARCH, ELIZABETH II.
Zinc / nickel
93 grams total
|40 mm. disc /
59 mm. total
|Proof & selective gold plating||2015
The coin is housed in a specially designed leatherette case that will allow you to display and rotate your coin for ease of viewing. For more information on this and other coins offered by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, please visit the Web site of New Zealand Post, official retailers and distributors. Information is offered in English, with international orders dispatched where applicable.
Update: The New Zealand Post has sold out of this product.