Anzac circulating commemorative coin

In 2015, the Reserve Bank launched a special coloured circulating commemorative coin to honour the spirit of Anzac that was forged 100 years ago on the shores of Gallipoli and continues to live on today.

The Anzac coin was launched in February 2015, by His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand.

It was the first time in New Zealand's history that a coloured circulating coin had been produced. The coins are in circulation as legal tender and available for public and collectors.

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.

Anzac circulating commemorative coin

Availability and distribution

One million Anzac coins were minted to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. 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 was released into circulation as legal tender on 23 March 2015. It was sold at its 50 cent face value.

New Zealand Post Group coordinated the release and distribution of Anzac coins.

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

The Reserve Bank does not have Anzac coins available for distribution.

How the coin is made

The Anzac commemorative coin is New Zealand's first circulating coloured coin, and it was minted by the Royal Canadian Mint.

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.

The coin was coloured using a revolutionary high-speed pad printing solution, developed by the Royal Canadian Mint and technology partner TECA. Capable of producing circulation coins with vibrant, photo-quality images, in multiple varieties and blends of colour, and with superior wear resistance, this unique technology is exclusive to the Royal Canadian Mint.

The high-resolution design of the coin was made possible by an integrated system incorporating specially developed inks, robotics for speed and precision control, as well as advanced vision inspection for quality assurance.

The making of the Anzac circulating commemorative coin
The making of the Anzac coin
The making of the Anzac circulating commemorative coin
Compliments of the Royal Canadian Mint, this video shows how Anzac circulating commemorative coins are made.

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