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Coin - Crown (5 Shillings), New Zealand, 1949 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14251

Crown (5 Shillings), Issued by New Zealand, 1949
Struck to commemorate a proposed Royal Visit by King George VI
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
A visit to New Zealand and Australia by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret was proposed for 1949. As the dates for the tour grew near, it became apparent that the King?s ill health would not allow it to occur. This coin struck to commemorate the visit to New Zealand 200,020 had already been prepared by the Royal Mint, London. Of these 190,000 were shipped to New Zealand, while the New Zealand Government made arrangements for the balance to be distributed for collectors: 4020 in the UK, 1000 in Canada and 5000 in the USA

For the Australian visit see National Archives of Australia:
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 38 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 28.31 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: royal visits, british commonwealth coins, british commonwealth and empire coins, crown 1953, crown, crowns, crown 5 shillings
Themes this item is part of: Percy Metcalfe, Coin Designer, (1895-1970), Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1949 AD
Denomination: Crown (5 Shillings)
Obverse Description: King's head, bare, facing left; around, KING GEORGE THE SIXTH; below neck truncation in small letters the artist's initials HP ([Thomas] Humphrey Paget)
Reverse Description: At centre a silver fern leaf flanked by the four stars of the New Zealand Southern Cross; around, NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1949
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Reserve Bank of New Zealand, New Zealand, 1949
Artist: Percy Metcalfe - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1948

The reverse design was modelled by Mr. Metcalfe from sketches supplied by the New Zealand Government
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1937

with the new legend: KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
References: KM#22
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009, 1542 Pages

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