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Proof Coin - 1/2 Crown, New Zealand, 1947 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14268

Summary:
Proof 1/2 Crown, Issued by New Zealand, 1947
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
In 1947 New Zealand moved away from employing silver in circulating coinage, adopting a copper-nickel alloy at the same time as Great Britain.

'In 1947 the issue of Cupro-Nickel coins replaced .500 fine silver coins. This proclamation was made under Section eight of the Coinage Act, 1933 and signed on 25th August 1947. Both metal types of coins were still considered to be legal tender. This change was due to the rising costs of mining and the price of silver.' http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/currency/money/0094086.html
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.054 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british commonwealth coins, british commonwealth and empire coins, british nort borneo
Themes this item is part of: George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Proof of Record
DateEra: 1947 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Crown
Obverse Description: King's head, bare, facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; below neck truncation in small letters the artist's initials HP ([Thomas] Humphrey Paget)
Reverse Description: Shield of Arms of the Dominion of New Zealand on their shield (quartered with the Southern Cross, a wheat sheaf, a lamb suspended by a ribbon and mining hammers crossed divided by three ships) surmounted by the Royal Crown and surrounded by ornamentation inspired by Maori carvings; around, NEW ZEALAND HALF CROWN; below, 1947; in small letters to right of date the artist's initials K.G. ([George] Kruger Gray)
Edge Description: Milled
Shape: Round
Material: Copper Nickel
Issued By: Reserve Bank of New Zealand, New Zealand, 1947
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1937
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1933
References: KM#11a
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009, 1542 Pages

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