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New Zealand $1 (1993): KM# 78
« on: March 29, 2014, 02:15:16 PM »
I believe that this one is from BU set of 1993 (Mintage 15,000)? A nice design anyway! :)

New Zealand $1(1993), KM# 78, Aluminum Bronze, 8g, 23mm, Edge: Segmented Reeding. Obverse Designer: R.D. Maklouf

Obverse: Crowned head facing right.

Reverse: Kiwi Bird with sprigs, value below

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Re: New Zealand $1 (1993): KM# 78
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2014, 05:46:57 PM »
A different kiwi design used to be on the 20 cents, but then that was swapped for a Maori design. This kiwi design first appeared on the circulating New Zealand dollar in 1990. As a result, it became known as "the Kiwi dollar" in two senses, because "kiwi" is also a slang adjective for anything from New Zealand, a person included. Interestingly, we have the noun New Zealander, but we don't seem to have an adjective - there's no such thing as "New Zealandish" - so "kiwi" fills the gap.

There's also a fruit called the kiwi. I saw some being sold on a stall as a young man in 1979, before I had heard of the fruit, and I was disgusted when I saw the notice, because I thought at first that somebody had killed those wonderful birds.  :-[
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Re: New Zealand $1 (1993): KM# 78
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2014, 09:39:05 PM »
Also commonly grown in Australia the kiwifruit is native to northern China. It is also known as a Chinese gooseberry. It was given the name kiwifruit by New Zealand growers.
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