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Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1940 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14266

Summary:
Proof 1/2 Crown, Issued by New Zealand, 1940
Commemorating the Centennial of New Zealand and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
'To commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 by which the native chiefs ceded the sovereignty of New Zealand to the British Crown, the New Zealand Government authorised the issue of a half-crown of special design. This occasion was also marked by the issue of penny and halfpenny coins to complete the series of New Zealand coins of distinctive design.' Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1939, p. 5.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.169 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: maori culture, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, The Royal Mint, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: commemorative
DateEra: 1940 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Crown
Obverse Description: Bare head of the king facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; below neck in small letters the artist's initials, HP (Humphrey Paget)
Reverse Description: A Maori woman standing facing with hands outstreached and radiant sun behind her head; on the left two Maori buildings, a warefuni (thatch hut) and a puhara (look-out stage) reflecting on the pre-white settlement era; on the right a skyscraper building representing New Zealand's commercial development; below, a scroll bearing the dates, 1840 1940; around above, NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: HALF CROWN
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Reserve Bank of New Zealand, New Zealand, 1940
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain
References: KM#14
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009, 1542 Pages

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