5 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait

5 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  obverse5 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  reverse

© Joseph Kunnappally

Features

Issuer New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1967-1985
Value 5 Cents (0.05 NZD)
Currency Dollar (1967-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.43 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1 November 2006
Number N# 1123
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 34
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, legend around, date below.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND
1972

Designer: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

A Tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus), denomination. The Tuatara is an endangered, lizard-like reptile endemic to New Zealand.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
5
JB

Designer: George James Berry

Reginald George James Berry OBE was a New Zealand artist, noted for creating a large number of postage stamp and coin designs. He was born in London in 1906, and emigrated to New Zealand in 1925.

Edge

Reeded

5 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  obverse

Mints

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)
Royal Canadian Mint, Ottawa, Canada (1908-date)
Royal Mint, Llantrisant, United Kingdom

Comments

The tuatara is a native lizard to New Zealand and one of the oldest of all living reptiles. It grows up to 0.6m in length and can be traced back 180 million years. The tuatara has been given special protection by an Act of Parliament.

Obverse die varieties:
KM#34.1 (1967-85) Rounded high relief portrait;
KM#34.2 (1985 only) Die recut, low relief portrait;

1980 date varieties:
Business strike for circulation ovoid 0 in date;
BU & Proof strike for set issue round O in date;


1982 date varieties:
Blunt 2 in date:

Pointed 2 in date (in sets):


Reverse die varieties:
Die A (1967-81 all issues, 1983-84 MS/PS, 1985 PS) 5 weak waves at left side, the triangle of tail under the chin consists of separate scales.
Die B (1982) similar to A, the scales in the triangle reengraved. It is easy to distinguish it by an additional scale at the top of the triangle.
Die C (1985) 7 enhanced waves, the triangle of tail under the chin consists of separate scales.
Die D - 5 enhanced waves, the triangle of tail under the chin consists of undivided scales.


Abbreviations: MS - mint set, PS - proof set.

1967:
with sea line right of Tuatara, common:

without sea line right of Tuatara, rare:


These coins were demonetized and withdrawn from circulation in 2006 and many will have been melted down.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1967  50 000 $ 0.80 2% KM#34.1; BU Specimen (blue label)
1967  1.1% KM#34.1; Circulation (no tail, triangle under chin)
1967  26 000 000 $ 0.07 $ 0.19 $ 0.18 $ 0.34 $ 0.37 $ 0.91 27% KM#34.1; Circulation (with sea line right of Tuatara)
1967  1.1% KM#34.1; Circulation (without sea line right of Tuatara)
1967  10 0.6% KM#34.1; Proof
1967  250 000 0.2% KM#34.1; UNC Year Set (pink label)
1968  40 000 $ 1.92 1.0% KM#34.1; BU Specimen (blue label)
1968  35 000 $ 1.26 1.9% KM#34.1; UNC Year Set (pink label)
1969  50 000 $ 2.10 1.2% KM#34.1; BU Specimen (blue label)
1969  10 260 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.28 $ 0.57 $ 1.13 14% KM#34.1; Circulation
1969  50 000 0.16% KM#34.1; UNC Year Set (pink label)
1970  20 000 $ 1.26 0.8% KM#34.1; BU Specimen (blue label)
1970  11 202 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.46 $ 0.26 $ 0.85 13% KM#34.1; Circulation
1970  30 000 0.12% KM#34.1; UNC Year Set (pink label)
1971  15 000 0.8% KM#34.1; BU Year Set (no serifs on date numerals)
1971  11 520 000 $ 0.18 $ 0.52 12% KM#34.1; Circulation (serifs on date numerals)
1971  5 000 0.3% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1972  15 000 0.12% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1972  20 015 000 $ 0.23 $ 0.26 17% KM#34.1; Circulation
1972  8 000 0.5% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1973  15 000 0.12% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1973  4 038 999 $ 0.45 6% KM#34.1; Circulation
1973  8 000 0.5% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1974  15 000 0.12% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1974  18 015 000 $ 0.26 $ 0.15 $ 0.20 $ 0.57 15% KM#34.1; Circulation
1974  8 000 $ 4.07 0.5% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1975  15 000 0.12% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1975  32 015 000 $ 0.28 $ 0.07 $ 0.31 $ 0.27 $ 0.46 $ 0.78 22% KM#34.1; Circulation
1975  10 000 $ 1.20 0.7% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1976  16 000 $ 1.80 1.3% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1976  11 000 $ 1.19 0.6% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1977  20 000 $ 0.29 1.2% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1977  12 000 $ 1.24 0.6% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1978  23 000 0.19% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1978  20 038 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.34 $ 0.40 14% KM#34.1; Circulation
1978  15 000 $ 3.22 0.8% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1979  25 000 1.0% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1979  16 000 $ 3.05 0.9% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1980  12 000 000 $ 0.58 $ 0.15 $ 0.34 $ 0.66 10% KM#34.1 Circulation (oval 0 in date)
1980  27 000 0.8% KM#34.1; BU Year Set (round O in date)
1980  17 000 0.7% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set (round O in date)
1981  25 000 1.3% KM#34.1; BU Year Set (round hole in 8)
1981  20 000 000 $ 0.06 $ 0.16 $ 0.31 $ 0.45 $ 0.97 15% KM#34.1; Circulation (oval hole in 8)
1981  18 000 $ 1.03 0.7% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1982  25 000 1.3% KM#34.1; BU Year Set (pointed 2 in date)
1982  50 000 000 $ 0.14 $ 0.29 $ 0.32 $ 0.35 $ 0.51 $ 0.96 28% KM#34.1; Circulation (blunt 2 in date)
1982  18 000 $ 1.86 0.8% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1983  25 000 $ 0.55 0.9% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1983  18 000 0.6% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1984  25 000 0.8% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1984  15 000 0.5% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1985  20 000 $ 0.87 1.2% KM#34.1; BU Year Set
1985  11 500 0.4% KM#34.1; Proof Year Set
1985  14 000 000 $ 0.06 $ 0.28 $ 0.34 11% KM#34.2; Circulation

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