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KIWI TREASURES KOWHAI FLOWER Silver Proof Coin 1$ New Zealand 2011


The 2012 Kiwi Kowhai Flower is the first coin of a new series ‘Kiwi Treasures’, an all-new chapter in the story in which the kiwi is united with a fascinating selection of New Zealand treasures. The coin captures the kōwhai in full bloom, providing a beautiful accompaniment to the image of the New Zealand kiwi.

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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
  • Year2012
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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Like the kiwi, the kowai flower has been part of New Zealand’s national identity, and both are depicted on coin's reverse. On obverse the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2012 year-date.