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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait; mule

Features

Country New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1985
Value 50 Cents
0.50 NZD = 0.32 USD
Currency Dollar (1967-date)
Composition Nickel
Weight 15.6 g
Diameter 32.1 mm
Shape Round
References KM# 95
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, legend around, date below.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND
1985

Engraver: Arnold Machin

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

Reverse

Two figures paddling a canoe right, legend above, date and denomination below.

Lettering:
CANADA
1985
DOLLAR

Comments

Due to a mint error, these pieces were struck with the obverse die of a New Zealand 1985 50 cent (KM#37) and the reverse die of a Canada 1985 dollar (KM#120) - 6 specimens are known to exist. Krause & Mischler list the metal as nickel, which implies that the planchets were the type used for the Canada dollar.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1985  6 Mule

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Coins New Zealand 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; mule)