2 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait

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

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Features

Issuer New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1990-1998
Value 2 Dollars
2 NZD = USD 1.42
Currency Dollar (1967-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 10 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Thickness 2.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 2653
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 79
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.

Obverse

Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the King George IV State Diadem, legend around, date below.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II NEW ZEALAND
RDM
1990

Designer: 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

Designer: Robert Maurice Conly

Robert Maurice Conly (1920 - 1995 ) was a designer of coins and postage stamps from Wellington, New Zealand. As a painter, he is known for his representations of the Antarctic.

Edge

Fully milled with an Incuse channel with 10 raised dimples

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  obverse

Mints

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)
Royal Mint, Llantrisant, United Kingdom
South African Mint, Centurion, South Africa (1988-date)

Comments

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

There are no 1993 issues of this coin. the Kingfisher commemorative $2 was issued in that year. (See link)

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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1990  10 000 0.2% BU in Coin & Note Set
1990  18 000 1.5% BU Year Set
1990  30 028 000 $ 1.55 $ 1.37 $ 1.47 $ 2.01 $ 1.56 $ 2.32 72% Circulation
1991  20 000 1.0% BU Year Set
1991  10 035 000 $ 1.73 $ 0.50 $ 1.32 $ 2.17 26% Circulation
1991  15 000 0.6% Proof Year Set
1992  15 000 1.0% BU Year Set
1992  9 000 0.8% Proof Year Set
1994  7 000 $ 5.80 1.4% BU Year Set
1994  4 600 0.4% Proof Year Set
1995  6 000 0.5% BU Year Set
1995  3 560 0.2% Proof Year Set
1996  5 150 0.6% BU Year Set
1996  2 569 0.2% Proof Year Set
1997  4 150 0.5% BU Year Set
1997  1 008 000 4% Circulation (All recalled, many left in circulation)
1997  2 132 0.4% Proof Year Set
1998  4 000 0.08% BU Year Set
1998  6 006 000 $ 1.16 $ 1.25 $ 1.43 17% Circulation
1998  2 000 0.9% Proof Year Set

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