Banknotes and coins resources

The Reserve Bank has developed many useful resources to explain New Zealand currency. These include fact sheets, posters, videos and photos.

The ongoing vigilance of the retail and banking industry plays a key role in helping to protect New Zealand's currency. To help maintain our strong track record against counterfeiting, the banknotes are being upgraded to introduce the latest security features. While sophisticated to produce, the new features are designed to be extremely easy to use.

Image resources

Legislation and guidelines on using images of currency

Banknote images are available on Flickr

Series 7 banknotes

This information provides detail for you and your organisation on the new security features of Series 7 banknotes.

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Series 6 banknotes

This information provides detail for you and your organisation on the security features of Series 6 banknotes.

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Information on the Brighter Money banknote upgrade

Returning old or damaged currency forms

You can return old New Zealand currency or damaged New Zealand banknotes to the Reserve Bank.

Timeline of New Zealand banknotes

Anzac circulating commemorative coin

How we use cash

The Bank is reviewing New Zealanders’ cash needs to ensure that how cash is managed in New Zealand will be suitable for the future. Understanding what cash is used for, and how it is used, is central to this review.

Banknotes and coins fact sheets and guides
Security features
The Series 7 banknotes have security features that can be easily checked, and which are the same for all denominations. This factsheet provides an overview of the main features.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - Security features of New Zealand banknotes
A brochure detailing the security features of New Zealand’s Series 6 banknotes.
thumbnail identifying a counterfeit
New Zealand has low levels of counterfeiting by international standards, but that doesn’t mean we can forget about checking our banknotes.
Dealing with a suspicious banknote
Information on what you should do if you're given a banknote you think is fake.
Handling banknotes thumbnail
Polymer banknotes are tough, but they still require some care when handling. This information sheet contains tips for handling banknotes with confidence.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - James Berry and NZ's 1967 decimal coins
A fact sheet describing the role of James Berry in decimal coin design.
Thumbnail - Fact sheet - The 1967 two cent 'mule'
Kiwis eager to check out New Zealand's decimal coins got a rude shock when the first two cent pieces spilled into their hands on 10 July 1967

Life-cycle of banknotes and coins

A video about the life-cycle of a banknote
Life of a Banknote
The life of a banknote
2m:23s
Find out what happens to New Zealand banknotes, from how they are made, sorted and circulated, to what happens when they are no longer fit for circulation.
Learn how to identify a genuine banknote by the ‘look, feel and tilt’ approach
Banknote security features
Banknote security features
0m:59s
Explore the banknote’s sophisticated security features and learn how to identify a genuine banknote by the ‘look, feel and tilt’ sensory approach used by other central banks.
Banknote gauge for people with low vision video
Banknote gauge for people with low vision
Banknote gauge for people with low vision
1m:04s
Banknote gauges to help people with sight loss better identify New Zealand’s currency have been released by the Reserve Bank in collaboration with organisations representing the blindness community.
The introduction of decimal currency to New Zealand
Mr Dollar
Mr Dollar
0m:33s
Decimal currency was introduced to New Zealand on 10 July 1967. A great deal of work was required to make the change from Imperial currency, including a huge publicity campaign. A series of advertisements on television introduced the concepts to viewers in New Zealand.
Now it can be told video image
Now it can be told
4m:16s
This footage tells the story of the distribution of currency for decimalisation on 10 July 1967. $120m of currency, weighing 730 tonnes was sent to nearly 600 bank branches around the country by plane, ferry, truck and train between April and June 1967 as part of “Operation Overlander”. Everything went without a hitch and not one cent was lost!
Brighter Money banknote upgrade media conferences and advertising
Brighter Money launch ($20, $50 and $100)
Brighter Money launch ($20, $50 and $100)
19m:46s
On 11 April 2016, Governor-General Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae along with the Reserve Bank launched the final three denominations in a series of new banknotes that include new security features.
Brighter Money
Brighter Money - Banknote Upgrade
54m:10s
Watch the videos of the Brighter Money launch, from the first announcement in November 2014 to the launch of the $20, $50 and $100 banknotes in April 2016.
Brighter Money - Hauraki’s Matt & Jeremy take the $20 for a spin
Brighter Money – Hauraki’s Matt and Jeremy take the $20 for a spin
0m:53s
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation. Take a look at what Hauraki's Matt and Jeremy have been up to with the brand new $20 note.
Brighter Money - The Hits’ Flynny takes the $50 for a spin
Brighter Money – The Hits’ Flynny takes the $50 for a spin
0m:50s
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation! The Hits' Flynny was lucky enough to check out the $50 note.
Brighter Money - ZM’s Georgia and Guy check out the $100 note
Brighter Money – ZM’s Georgia and Guy check out the $100 note
0m:41s
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand's new Brighter Money notes are now in circulation. ZM's Guy and Georgia were lucky enough to check out the $100 note.