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KIWI SILHOUETTE Laser Cut Silver Proof Coin 1$ New Zealand 2015


First 1oz coin and the first 999 silver proof coin to feature a laser-cut silhouette. First laser-cut silhouette coin to feature 3D engraving. Incredible depth, not seen before on a laser-cut coin. Beautifully packaged in a case hand-crafted from native New Zealand rimu that has been laser-engraved with the kiwi and flax design. Low worldwide mintage of 2,000 coins.

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Native to New Zealand, the kōwhai (which means ‘yellow’ in Māori) is famous for its spectacular golden flowers, whose blooming signals the arrival of spring. The kiwi is a nocturnal, flightless bird – leading a largely invisible life compared with the kowhai flower. The kiwi is now an endangered species, the victim of mammalian predators and habitat modification and loss. Fortunately, kiwi sanctuaries and conservation programmes are helping to protect this national treasure and encourage the species to breed.
The kowhai is known as New Zealand’s national flower – a reflection not only of its natural beauty but also its role in our cultural heritage. Used traditionally by Māori as a seasonal guide to planting annual kumara (sweet potato) crops, it was also a valued resource for easing pain and treating everything from bruises, wounds and broken limbs to tumours and ringworm. In addition, its hard and durable wood made it eminently suitable for paddles and adzes.

  • CountryNew Zealand
  • Year2015
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The coin features a silhouette of New Zealand’s iconic Kiwi, set against a background of native New Zealand harakeke (flax). This 1oz .999 silver proof coin features a striking laser-cut kiwi silhouette in the 3D engraved design, making it a truly unique coin. The coin's reverse depicts also the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II and the issue date.