$2 coin

Details of the specifications and images used on the $2 coin.

The 2 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

2 dollar coin specifications

Alloy

Diameter (mm)

Weight (g)

Edge thickness (mm)

Edge treatment

Aluminium-bronze

26.5

10.00

2.70

Grooved

2 dollar image (front)

Description

Kotuku/White heron (Egretta alba modesta).

Significance

Kotuku/White heron

Kotuku or white heron have always been rare in New Zealand and are revered by both Māori and pakeha for its elegant white feathers. This graceful bird has long, slender legs and a long, thin S-shaped neck, which has a distinct kink when flying. Kotuku are specially adapted for wading in shallow, muddy waterways: it has long legs that are bare of feathers to well above the ankle joint and long spreading toes. In New Zealand it only breeds near Whataroa, South Westland, between September and January.

More information

The Department of Conservation - Kotuku