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Re: The predecimal coinage of New Zealand
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2017, 04:13:06 PM »
After the Second World War, Britain began to abandon the Empire. The legends used up to 1947 included IND IMP, meaning Emperor of India. However, India became independent in 1947, and from 1948 that title was dropped from the coin legends in New Zealand.

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Re: The predecimal coinage of New Zealand
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2017, 04:17:24 PM »



New Zealand's crown of 1949 famously commemorated the proposed visit by King George VI, which never took place. The reverse design featured a silver fern leaf flanked by stars. The design was the work of New Zealander James Berry.

 
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Re: The predecimal coinage of New Zealand
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2017, 04:25:44 PM »
King George VI died in 1952. In New Zealand, coins of Queen Elizabeth II started appearing in 1953. They used the same uncrowned effigy of the Queen as the British. It was the work of Mary Gillick. Below you see the obverse of a 1953 penny and florin.

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Re: The predecimal coinage of New Zealand
« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2017, 04:27:52 PM »
New Zealand's final crown was minted in 1953 to celebrate the coronation of Elizabeth II. It featured a Maori carving, with crowned royal cypher above, within a starred southern cross.

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Re: The predecimal coinage of New Zealand
« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2017, 04:58:11 PM »
After that, there were no new developments in the predecimal coinage. The last New Zealand coins were minted in 1966 but were actually dated 1965. In 1967 New Zealand went decimal.

The half crown was demonetised on 3 May 1965. The halfpenny and penny were demonetised on 1 June 1968. The sixpence, shilling and florin remained legal tender, being equivalent to 5, 10 and 20 cents respectively, and they were found in circulation until the end of October 2006. From 1 November 2006, they were no longer legal tender. This was because their decimal counterparts were reduced in size at that point, while the 5 cents coin was demonetised.

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Re: The predecimal coinage of New Zealand
« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2017, 04:58:37 PM »
Former forum member and New Zealander Martin Purdy ("translateltd") tells me:

"Huge numbers of demonetised Aussie pennies were imported into New Zealand in 1966 to make up a shortage, since none of our own had been issued for circulation in 1965.  A million extra shillings were struck in 1966 but dated 1965 too. I last saw silver (pre-1947) in circulation in the mid-70s, though one or two surfaced again when people were clearing out their change jars in 2005-6.  1947-65 coins weren't common by the 2000s, but the odd one would still appear occasionally."

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Re: The predecimal coinage of New Zealand
« Reply #22 on: December 27, 2017, 11:00:16 PM »
Martin Purdy kindly sent me this image. The design was the work of Leonard Cornwall Mitchell. He also designed the New Zealand predecimal halfpenny and penny, as well as the Waitangi half crown.