50c coin

Details of the specifications and images used on the 50 cent coin.

The 50 cent 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

50 cent coin specifications


Diameter (mm)

Weight (g)

Edge thickness (mm)

Edge treatment

Plated steel





50 cent image (front)


The barque ship Endeavour by Captain Cook, sailing south with Mt Taranki behind.


The Endeavour

Used in Captain Cook’s first of three voyages to New Zealand, the Endeavour would have passed by Mt Taranaki early in the year 1770 as it was sailed down to Ship Cove in the South Island after first anchoring in Turanganui (Poverty Bay) in the North Island.

More information

The Captain Cook Society - Endeavour

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand: European discovery of New Zealand - Cook's three voyages

Reserve Bank Bulletin article "Establishing technical specifications for New Zealand’s new 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent coins"

Reserve Bank Bulletin article "The themes and thinking behind New Zealand’s 1967 decimal coin designs"