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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, New Zealand, 1953 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14300

Proof 1 Shilling, Issued by New Zealand, 1953
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
'New Zealand - 250,000 crowns, 120,000 halfcrowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the incritpion "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the halfpenny to the halfcrown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

It consisted of a Maori carving, surmounted by the crowned Royal Cypher, all between five-pointed stars, representing the Southern Cross, and the inscription "NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1953". Mr. T.H. Paget modelled the design in plaster according to a drawing from New Zealand. The design is illustratyed in Plate A, Fig. 9. 7,000 specimen sets of all denominations were also supplied in cases.'
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.582 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british commonwealth coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Proof of Record
DateEra: 1953 AD
Denomination: 1 Shilling
Obverse Description: Laureate bust right; around, + QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; artist's initials incuse on neck truncation, MG (Mary Gillick)
Reverse Description: A figure of a Maori warrior in warlike attitude crouching to left carrying a taiahat; above, NEW ZEALAND; below, ONE SHILLING 1953; at left above ground line in small letters the artist's initials KG (Kruger Gray)
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Copper-Nickel
Issued By: Reserve Bank of New Zealand, New Zealand, 1953
Mint: Royal Mint, London, London, Great Britain, 1953
Artist: Mary Gillick, Great Britain, 1953
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1933
References: KM#27.1
84th. Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1953, p.8.
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009, 1541 Pages

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