Located in the same corner of the world as Australia, the silver bullion coins of New Zealand are often overlooked when compared to the vast array of products available from the Perth Mint and the Royal Australian Mint. Despite the prominence of the latter mints and their bullion coin collections, the New Zealand Mint manages to capture the attention of investors and collectors with a handful of well-designed and expertly crafted silver bullion coins. Learn more about the silver coins for sale from New Zealand now!
The most prominent coin program from the New Zealand Mint is, by far, the Taku/Hawksbill coin series. Introduced in 2010, the coin program was originally known as the Fiji Taku coin. From 2010 to 2013, the coins were issued for the nation of Fiji. From 2014 onward, the coins are issued for Niue and known as the Niue Hawksbill coin. Despite the change in the nation of issue, the primary design elements have largely remained the same. Here’s a rundown of the design elements since its debut:
The New Zealand Mint offers the Niue Hawksbill Turtle annually in 1/2 oz silver, 1 oz silver, and 5 oz silver bullion options. The coins are popular among investors for a sleek design and low mintage figures, which helps draw in collectors as well.
As the primary bullion series from the New Zealand Mint, the Niue Hawksbill is available for individual purchase or bulk investment. The packaging options on the Niue Hawksbill include the following (by weight):
One of the newest silver coin collections from the New Zealand Mint is the 12-coin Tokelau Series. Coins in this series feature a different predator from the world’s oceans, with a particular focus on the animals swimming in the waters around the South Pacific island of Tokelau. Available designs to date include:
Each of the coins contains 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver and has a limited mintage of 250,000 coins. The Tokelau Series coins are available in individual plastic, mint tubes of 20, or boxes of 500 coins (25 tubes).
One of the most diverse and abundant coin programs from New Zealand are the Disney Silver Coins. Among the coins in this program, you’ll find colorized designs and beautiful silver coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition. Designs range from Mickey Mouse themes to the vehicles of Cars and the primary characters from the film Frozen. Here’s a rundown of the available collections:
Although Disney owns the Star Wars brand now, the Star Wars silver coins that roll out from the New Zealand Mint are worthy of their own attention. The New Zealand Mint’s two primary programs here include the following options:
One of New Zealand’s latest forays into limited-mintage programs was the Warriors of History. This collection featured limited mintage figures and colorized designs of warriors from the annals of history. The collection debuted in 2016 and features each of the following warrior designs:
Each release in this series features 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver with a limited mintage of only 5,000 coins. The coins are only available inside of individual, rectangular cases with a textured cover.
Like many other mints, the New Zealand Mint also offers a Lunar Series of silver and gold coins. The New Zealand Mint’s lunar coins are available in bullion and proof options with much lower mintage figures than most other coin programs in this genre.
In 2017, a beautiful series of stackable silver coins was introduced on behalf of the island nation of Niue that resurrected a coin design from Ancient Greece. The Athena Owl Stackers are 1 oz silver coins with hammered finishes and a stackable, interlocking rim design on both sides of the coin that enable easy, secure storage of the coins. Each coin in this series comes with 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver content and a face value of $2 (NZD) backed by the government of Niue. The coins are issued with no mintage caps and the same designs each year. Those designs include the following details:
The Athena Owl Tetradrachm was introduced in 510 BCE and remained in production until 38 BCE within Athens. There are written records suggesting that Judas was paid for his betrayal of Jesus with Athenian Tetradrachms, though it is not specified whether or not those coins had the Athena Owl design. The image on those coins featured a profile bust of Athena’s head on the obverse and the owl depicted here on the reverse.
When it comes to silver bullion, 2020 may very well be remembered as the year silver foils broke out. Silver foils had previously been issued as a bonus with proof silver coins in the form of a pure silver Certificate of Authenticity card included with purchase. Given the popularity of those foils as a part in a collectible coin release, mints began issuing silver foils as a standalone option for collectors.
Among the early options in this realm was the Hogwarts House Foil issued on behalf of Niue. The Hogwarts House Foils stand out immediately from many other options in this area because the foils were issued with a face value in New Zealand dollars. The foils had pure silver obverse fields with a circular element, similar to a coin, with the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. It was the reverse side that made each one visually brilliant. The reverse includes full-color, photo-quality graphics capturing the crest and animal of each of the four student houses at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter franchise. Available in this release were the following designs:
The New Zealand Mint is not the official sovereign mint of the nation, but rather a privately-owned mint in Auckland. It is the only mint of its kind in New Zealand and has a rich history of coining silver and gold for smaller nations throughout the South Pacific. Many of New Zealand Mint’s coin programs are produced in concert with the private Sunshine Minting of the United States.
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