$1 coin

Details of the specifications and images used on the $1 coin.

The 1 dollar coin face, back and edge treatment
The reverse (back of the coin or 'tails'), obverse (front of the coin or 'heads') and edge of the coin

1 dollar coin specifications

Alloy

Diameter (mm)

Weight (g)

Edge thickness (mm)

Edge treatment

Aluminium-bronze

23

8.00

2.74

Intermittent milling

1 dollar image (front)

Description

New Zealand’s national bird, the Kiwi (Apteryx spp.), with four silver fern fronds.

Significance

Kiwi

Kiwi are a significant national icon, equally cherished by all cultures in New Zealand. Kiwi are a symbol for the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife. They are most commonly forest dwellers, making daytime dens and nests in burrows, hollow logs or under dense vegetation. Kiwi are the only bird to have nostrils at the end of their very long bill. Their nostrils are used to probe in the ground, sniffing out invertebrates to eat, along with some fallen fruit.

More information

The Department of Conservation - Kiwi