The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, in association with New Zealand Post, has achieved a first in the field of numismatics by designing a coin incorporating the shape of a sports jersey.
The New Zealand All Blacks are the country’s much-loved national rugby team. The first recorded game of what is now considered New Zealand’s national sport took place in 1870, but it wasn’t until 1905 that the first national rugby team was organized. The Original All Blacks, or simply “The Originals,” were the first New Zealand national rugby union team to tour outside Australasia and represent their country in international competition; they visited the United Kingdom, France, and the United States during the 1905–1906 season.
New Zealand’s early uniforms consisted of a black jersey with a silver fern logo and white shorts. By the end of the 1905 tour, they were wearing all black, except for the silver fern; hence, their name “All Blacks” originates from this time. Since then, there’s been a certain mania and prestige that comes with being part of the All Blacks. It’s an honor reserved only for New Zealand’s very best rugby players, and the ultimate symbol of the All Blacks is their iconic jersey.
This intricately designed coin, produced by the BH Mayer Kunstprageanstalt GmbH on behalf of the Reserve Bank, was conceived by Dave Burke of Auckland. The design replicates the All Blacks jersey in more ways than one: not only is it printed black, but the sponsors’ logos are seen shining through in silver. It’s shaped like the All Blacks jersey, complete with subtle contours that reflect the forms it takes when worn.
The obverse side includes a circular replication of a one dollar silver coin, complete with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley that has been used on circulation and commemorative coins of New Zealand since 2000. The year of issue appears below the Queen’s portrait.
|One Dollar||.999 silver||31.5 grams||50 / 32.2 mm.||Proof||2015 pieces|
This 1 ounce silver proof coin has a worldwide mintage of 2,015 pieces. The custom black and silver packaging is laser-engraved, perfectly complementing the coin. The perspex lid of the case enhances the packaging which is designed to resemble a frame – referencing the time-honored tradition of framing and mounting sports jerseys. Each coin comes with an individually numbered certificate. Orders are being taken now for dispatch in September. A commemorative stamp replicating the coin itself is also available in a custom folder.
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, authorized retailers on behalf of the Reserve Bank. Information is offered in English, with international orders dispatched where applicable.