50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait; HMS Endeavour, Gold Proof

Features

Issuer New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1994
Value 50 Cents (0.50 NZD)
Currency Dollar (1967-date)
Composition Bimetallic: gold (.9167) centre in gold (.375) ring (outer ring is white gold)
Weight 22.5 g
Diameter 31.75 mm
Thickness 1.8 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 31 October 2006
Number N# 60041
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 90b
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

HMS Endeavour

Obverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II · NEW ZEALAND
RDM
· 1994 ·

Designer: Raphael David Maklouf Read more on Wikipedia

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

The barque HMS Endeavour, commanded by Capt. James Cook on his first exploration of the Pacific in 1769-1771, sailing to the right, passing in front of Mount Taranaki (Mount Egmont), denomination above left, legend below.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
FIFTY CENTS
JB
ENDEAVOUR

Designer: George James Berry Read more on Wikipedia

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

Mint

Royal Mint, Llantrisant, United Kingdom (1968-date)

Comments

This bimetallic coin was struck by the Royal Mint and issued by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand  in 1994 to Commemorate 225 years since Lt. James Cook left England to explore the Pacific in 1769. The coin was issued in three different versions. This is the Gold Proof version made from a 22 carat yellow gold inner ring and a 9 carat white gold outer ring. It was issued in a capsule in a plush red box with certificate.


The other versions of the coin were a base metal bimetalic and a silver proof with base metal inner ring.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1994  500 Proof in red case

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