2015 New Zealand 50c Commemorative Coin - The Spirit of Anzac
For many years, New Zealanders and Australians have paid their respects to the brave soldiers who lost their lives fighting for ‘Country, King and Empire’ on 25 April 1915. Anzac Day 2015 marks 100 years since this tragic event and we remember our Anzacs through this special Anzac commemorative circulating coin.
Designed by renowned artist Dave Burke, the coin design features a New Zealand soldier and an Australian soldier brought together by the hardships of Gallipoli. The soldiers stand back to back with their heads bowed in respect and remembrance. Incorporated in the background of the design are mangopare patterns (hammerhead shark), patterns traditionally associated with warriors and symbolising strength, determination and an unwillingness to back down. The silver ferns represent New Zealand’s national identity and appear on the war graves of fallen New Zealand soldiers around the world.
New Zealand’s first commemorative circulating coin
The first New Zealand circulating coin to have colour applied to it
Only 1,000,000 coins minted
Coin features a New Zealand soldier and Australian soldier brought together by the hardships of Gallipoli
Background design includes mangopare patterns (hammerhead shark), symbolising strength and determination
Circulating coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign
2018 New Zealand 50c Commemorative Coin - Armistice
The coin features the red poppy of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association at its centre. The three silver ferns on the wreath surrounding the poppy represent the three services (Navy, Air Force and Army) within the New Zealand Defence Force. They also symbolise past, present and future. The unfolding koru pattern evokes new beginnings.