5 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th portrait

Features

Issuer New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1999-2006
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# 3912
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 116
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

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
NEW ZEALAND ELIZABETH II
IRB
2003

Designer: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

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 (4th portrait) -  obverse

Mints

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)
Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg, Canada
Royal Mint, Llantrisant, United Kingdom
Utrecht, Netherlands (1010-2020)

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.

These coins were demonetized and withdrawn from circulation in 2006 and many will have been melted down. They  were first issued into circulation in 1967. In 2006 The Reserve Bank of NZ & the NZ Post Office issued a Limited Edition special set of  coins called "Small Change Smaller Change" to commemorate the demonetisation of this coin and the redesign of the 10, 20 & 50 cent coins. The 5 cent coin in this set was dated 2003.





Reverse
Die A - 5 weak waves at left side, the triangle of tail under the chin consists of separate scales.
Die B - 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 - 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.


Combinations
C: 1999, 2000.
D: 1999 MS, 1999 PS, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.

Abbreviations
MS - mint set, PS - proof set.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1999  3 199 0.6% BU Year Set
1999  25 040 000 $ 0.52 $ 0.51 30% Circulation
1999  1.4% Circulation ('wart on nose' die crack error)
1999  1 800 0.3% Proof Year Set
2000  3 000 0.6% BU Year Set
2000  26 000 000 $ 0.23 $ 0.24 $ 0.54 $ 0.97 31% Circulation
2000  1 500 0.4% Proof Year Set
2001  2 910 0.4% BU Year Set
2001  20 000 000 $ 0.44 $ 0.45 23% Circulation
2001  1 364 0.3% Proof Year Set
2002  3 000 0.5% BU Year Set
2002  40 500 000 $ 0.29 $ 0.33 $ 0.32 $ 0.79 $ 1.04 33% Circulation
2002  1 500 0.4% Proof Year Set
2003  3 000 0.7% BU Year Set
2003  30 000 000 $ 0.11 $ 0.28 $ 0.38 21% Circulation
2003  1 496 0.2% Proof Year Set
2003  0.05% UNC - Small Change - Smaller Change Set
2004  2 800 0.9% BU Year Set
2004  15 000 000 $ 1.81 8% Circulation (All but 48,000 melted)
2004  1 750 0.18% Proof Year Set
2005  3 000 0.5% BU Year Set
2005  2 250 0.3% Proof Year Set
2006  3 000 0.8% BU Year Set
2006  2 100 0.3% Proof Year Set

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