Anzac coin FAQs

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The coin honours the spirit of Anzac that was formed 100 years ago on the shores of Gallipoli, and continues to live on today. This is the first time in New Zealand’s history that the Reserve Bank has released a colour commemorative circulating coin.

The Anzac coin was released into circulation as legal tender on 23 March 2015. It is being sold at its 50 cent face value.

New Zealand Post Group is handling the distribution of Anzac coins. Coins can be purchased at PostShop or Kiwibank branches, or via NZ Post’s website.

Groups representing former and current armed forces, including Returned Services Association members and Defence Force personnel, were given the opportunity to pre-order limited numbers of coins before they were released publicly.

Yes. It is a circulating coin and it is legal tender, so can use it as you would a regular 50-cent coin to pay for goods and services. However, you may choose to keep it as a way to commemorate the Anzac centenary.
One million. This number represents the size of the New Zealand population in 1914, of which 10 percent served in the First World War.

The Anzac coin design features a New Zealand and Australian soldier standing back to back with their heads bowed in remembrance. The mangopare (hammerhead shark) pattern symbolises strength and determination, and the silver fern reflects New Zealand’s national identity.

To represent New Zealand’s national colours, the mangopare is coloured white on the coin, with the background coloured black.

NZ Post commissioned renowned New Zealand artist Dave Burke to design the coin as part of its wider five-year Anzac commemorative stamp and coin programme.

Dave Burke is a graduate of the Otago School of Fine Art and has more than 20 years’ experience working in the field of art, design and advertising. He has previously designed commemorative coins for New Zealand Post.

The coin design was approved by the Reserve Bank.

The Anzac circulating commemorative coin was minted by the Royal Canadian Mint in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mint mints New Zealand’s regular 10, 20 and 50 cent coins.

The Anzac commemorative coin was minted by the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin is minted as usual, and then a special high-speed ‘pad printing’process is used to stamp on the colour. A video of the coin being minted is available on the Reserve Bank YouTube channel.

The Anzac circulating coin has the same specifications as the existing 50 cent coin and testing has shown it will be accepted in coin and vending machines.

No. The Anzac coin is a one-off minting to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. Both the Anzac coin and the existing 50 cent coin (featuring the barque Endeavour, commanded by Captain Cook), are legal tender. Future mintings of 50 cent coins will feature the Endeavour.
Yes. The Anzac coin will have the same electromagnetic properties as the existing 50 cent coin, so no changes will be needed to machines. The coin has been tested to ensure it is compatible with coin-equipment.

NZ Post Group is promoting the Anzac circulating commemorative coin as part of its five-year Anzac commemorative stamp and coin programme. For more details about the other products available see NZ Post’s website.

The Reserve Bank will assess demand for the Anzac circulating commemorative coin before making any decisions about future mints of circulating commemorative coins.