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ICONS KIWI SOUTHERN CROSS Silver Proof Coin 1$ New Zealand 2010


The second in a three-year series that presents New Zealand’s most loved bird, the kiwi, together with another distinctly ‘New Zealand’ icon. The Southern Cross image in 2010 follows on from the map of New Zealand in 2009.

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The Southern Cross is the best known and most represented star group in the Southern Hemisphere. The group's distinctive shape is easily located because of its brightness and close proximity to each other. It can be seen all year round from almost anywhere in the Australia. The constellation is not visible in the northern hemisphere.
The Southern Cross contains four bright stars so situated that they depict the extremities of a Latin cross. Thousands of years ago these four stars were an object of reverence in the Near East. In the Biblical days they were just visible at the horizon. It was last seen from the latitude of Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion of Christ. It is no longer visible at latitudes north of 25 degrees.
The constellation was again discovered in the early sixteenth century by European navigators and explorers who used it to steer by and also to calculate the time of day. Because it is not visible in the northern skies, there are no Greek or Roman myths or legends associated with it. Instead the Australian Aborigines have many stories to tell using the stars of the Southern Cross.

  • CountryNew Zealand
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)8.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
Like the kiwi, the Southern Cross has been part of New Zealand’s national identity for more than 100 years, and it continues to permeate our society as a symbol of patriotism and pride. As the name for ships bringing settlers to a new land, a symbol for our soldiers in far-off lands and an integral part of our national flag, it represents a guiding light for all who live here. On obverse the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2011 year-date.