Though one of the more recently established mints of the South Pacific, the New Zealand Mint has quickly distinguished itself as one of the precious metal industry's creative leaders with its wide array of silver coin designs. Among this prestigious mint's more popular collections are its marine life inspired, Silver Taku Coin Series and its Niue Hawksbill Turtle Coin Series. Both of these stunning series commemorate one of the Pacific Ocean's most iconic sea creatures, the Niue Hawksbill Turtle, or the Taku as it is more commonly referred to by the natives.
Every coin included in these two series has been masterfully crafted from 99.9% pure silver and possesses a legal tender face value of $2 NZD. All coins listed on our website are available in (BU) Brilliant Uncirculated condition unless otherwise stated.
Located in the Aukland area of New Zealand's North Island, the New Zealand Mint was established during the 1960's. It was among the first mints to implement the precious metal industry's new standard of gold purity, which raised precious metal fineness to .9999. Presently, it is New Zealand's only privately owned mint.
During its four decades of operation, the New Zealand Mint has made a name for itself with its exquisite collection of commemorative coins and medallions. It is particularly known for its innovative forms of packaging, such as its Muhammad Ali Coin and its Star Wars Coin Series. The New Zealand Mint also released a number of foreign commemorative coins, under the commission of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, the Office of the Commissioner for Pitcairn Islands, the Government of Cook Islands, the Government of Nepal and Government of Niue.
Please note that while the New Zealand Mint does produce several legal tender pieces of currency, it is not responsible for the production or distribution of the New Zealand Dollar in either coin or banknote form. The Federal Reserve Bank of New Zealand has designated these duties to both the Royal British Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint.
In addition to its commemorative coin business, the New Zealand Mint has gained considerable recognition for its three other divisions: its jewelry business, its effigy management business and especially, its own coin and bullion exchange. The New Zealand Mint's bullion exchange, which opened in 2009, was the first of its kind to be established in the nation. It not only allows its customers to buy and sell their precious metal bullion, but also provides them with facilities for storage.
The first Silver Taku Coin made its debut in 2010. Depicted on the obverse of the coin is the eponymous sea turtle as it navigates through its native Pacific Ocean waters. Both the scales of its flippers and the pattern of its shell have been artistically rendered using a series of stylized swirls and circles. These shapes are repeated in the cluster of bubbles that surround the Taku.
Another design element worth noting are multiple finishes incorporated into the image. The course grainy texture featured directly beneath the turtle mimics the sandy ocean floor, while the smoother texture that appears to the left of the Taku is reminiscent of the Pacific's clear waters. The contrast of these two textures also calls to mind the picturesque shores of New Zealand, where the waves crash against the beach. Serving as a final touch to this whimsical design is an inscription that reads, “”Fiji Taku.”” The coin's purity and weight appear in smaller text on its lower right edge.
The Silver Taku Coin is available in two different reverse side designs, which will depend upon the coin's release date. Most coins feature an uncanny likeness of Queen Elizabeth. These coins, bearing the effigy of Britain's benevolent monarch, depict her in profile with a dignified expression on her face and her famed State Diadem atop her head. Engraved along the border of these coins are her title accompanied by the coin's.
In 2013, however, the New Zealand Mint released a special edition coin, which proudly displays the Fiji coat of arms in honor of this country's culture and heritage. The emblem features a shield upheld by two Fijian warriors, one carrying a spear and the other slinging a war club over its shoulder. The shield is decorated with the lion passant gaurdant, three sugar canes, a coconut palm, a dove and bunch of bananas. Hovering above the shield is a Fijian Canoe with full sails, while beneath these native warriors is a ribbon, inscribed with the words, “”Rerevaka na kalou ka doka na Tui,”” which means “”Fear God and honour the Queen”” in Fijian. Encircling the emblem is a ring of text that includes the coin's mintage year, denomination and country of origin.
In 2014, the Taku Coin series was redesigned and christened as the Niue Hawksbill Turtle Coin to honor of the Niue Island. As with the original Taku coins, this commemorative piece depicts the adventurous sea creature as it gracefully swims through the Pacific's foamy waters. However, in place of the words “”Fiji Taku,”” which were printed along the left side of the coin, is the word “”Turtle.”” The reverse side of the coin proudly displays the same effigy and engraving as those featured on previous Taku coins.
Because the New Zealand Mint is one of the precious metal industry's foremost creative leaders, JM Bullion considers it a privilege to carry two of its premier silver collections. For any questions regarding these charming collections, please call 800-276-6508. Further assistance is also available through the website's live chat feature and online submission forms.