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10 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait

10 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  obverse10 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  reverse

© Joseph Kunnappally

Features

Country New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1970-1985
Value 10 Cents (0.10 NZD)
Currency Dollar (1967-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 5.65 g
Diameter 23.62 mm
Thickness 1.69 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 07-31-2006
References KM# 41
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND
1974

Engraver: Arnold Machin

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

Reverse

Māori koruru (carved mask) with Māori rafter patterns, denomination above.

Lettering:
10
J B

Engraver: 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

Milled

Comments

Obverse die varieties:
KM#41.1 (1970-85) Rounded high relief portrait;
KM#41.2 (1985 only) Recut die, low relief portrait; wiry hair with bushy eyebrow.

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


From the Reserve Bank of New Zealand website, on the significance of the design: "Koruru feature particularly strongly at the apex of the gable of a large carved house that was symbolic of the face of an important Māori ancestor from that part of the country. This particular koruru was designed by Mr James Berry specifically for use on New Zealand currency and is representative of designs from various regions."

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1970  2,046,000 0.23 0.98 8% KM# 41.1
1970  20,010 1.3% KM# 41.1; Prooflike
1971  5,000 0.4% KM# 41.1; Proof
1971  2,800,000 0.41 0.76 8% KM# 41.1; with serifs on date numerals
1971  15,000 0.8% KM# 41.1; without serifs on date numerals
1972  2,039,000 6% KM# 41.1
1972  8,000 0.4% KM# 41.1; Proof
1973  3,525,000 8% KM# 41.1
1973  8,000 0.6% KM# 41.1; Proof
1974  4,619,000 0.21 0.55 10% KM# 41.1
1974  8,000 0.5% KM# 41.1; Proof
1975  7,015,000 0.41 0.46 15% KM# 41.1
1975  10,000 6.64 0.8% KM# 41.1; Proof
1976  5,016,000 0.38 11% KM# 41.1
1976  11,000 0.9% KM# 41.1; Proof
1977  5,000,000 0.42 10% KM# 41.1
1977  12,000 0.7% KM# 41.1; Proof
1978  16,023,000 0.26 0.26 0.55 24% KM# 41.1
1978  15,000 2.87 1.3% KM# 41.1; Proof
1979  6,000,000 0.38 0.40 11% KM# 41.1
1979  16,000 1.0% KM# 41.1; Proof
1980  28,000,000 0.16 0.44 0.48 0.97 34% KM# 41.1 (oval 0 in date)
1980  27,000 1.4% KM# 41.1; BU (round 0 in date)
1980  17,000 1.0% KM# 41.1; Proof (round O in date)
1981  5,000,000 0.42 9% KM# 41.1; oval holes in 8
1981  18,000 0.6% KM# 41.1; Proof
1981  25,000 1.0% KM# 41.1; round holes in 8", BU
1982  18,000,000 0.30 0.92 23% KM# 41.1; blunt open 2
1982  25,000 1.0% KM# 41.1; point-tipped 2, BU
1982  18,000 2.10 0.8% KM# 41.1; Proof
1983  25,000 0.7% KM# 41.1; BU
1983  18,000 0.5% KM# 41.1; Proof
1984  25,000 0.6% KM# 41.1; BU
1984  15,000 0.5% KM# 41.1; Proof
1985  20,000 1.2% KM# 41.1; BU
1985  12,000 0.4% KM# 41.1; Proof
1985  8,000,000 0.53 0.78 13% KM# 41.2

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