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2 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  obverse2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  reverse

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Features

Country New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1990-1998
Value 2 Dollars
2 NZD = 1.29 USD
Currency Dollar (1967-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 10 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Thickness 2.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 79
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND
RDM
1990

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Kotuku (white heron) surrounded by a Maori motif, denomination below.

Lettering: TWO DOLLARS

Engraver: Robert Maurice Conly

Edge

Security edge

Comments

The Kōtuku or Whte Heron is one of New Zealand's rarest birds and is held in high regard in Māori mythology.

1997 circulation issues were recalled in January 1998 because a slight variation in the metal composition resulted in many parking, gaming and vending machines rejecting them. This affected the coins' electrical conductivity, which is used as an authenticity test by many of these machines. It is unknown how many 1997 $2 coins remain in circulation.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1990  30,000,000 1.40 1.40 1.99 1.99 71%
1990  18,000 1.3% BU
1991  10,000,000 1.84 2.21 26%
1991  20,000 1.0% BU
1991  15,000 0.6% Proof
1992  15,000 0.7% BU
1992  9,000 0.6% Proof
1994  7,000 1.3% BU
1994  4,600 0.4% Proof
1995  6,000 0.4% BU
1995  3,560 0.3% Proof
1996  5,150 0.6% BU
1996  2,569 0.3% Proof
1997  4,150 0.4% BU
1997  1,000,000 4% Entire mintage recalled, but many left in circulation
1997  2,132 0.4% Proof
1998  6,000,000 1.15 18%
1998  2,000 0.9% Proof

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