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Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Inc

P O Box 2023



10 February 2015

Royal Numismatic Society Celebrates New Zealand’s First Circulating Commemorative Coin

“The Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand is celebrating today after the announcement of New Zealand’s first circulating decimal commemorative coin – the first in circulation since 1940” said David Galt, President of the Society. “We have waited a long time for the launch of the new 50 cent piece commemorating the 100th anniversary of New Zealand’s involvement in the Gallipoli campaign. Like many of the countries that kiwis travel to, we can now celebrate our special events when we take out our pocket change.”

“The Society congratulates the Reserve Bank and New Zealand Post in marking one of New Zealand’s most iconic events in a way that can keep on reaching tens of thousands of people every day. The coin design captures the spirit of ANZAC for New Zealanders well.

“The Society looks forward to future coin issues that can help all kiwis celebrate their heritage.”


The Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand represents the interests of those interested in coins, banknotes and medals, including collectors, dealers and academics. It was founded in 1931. While based in Wellington, it has membership from throughout New Zealand.

New Zealand’s first circulating commemorative coin was a half-crown issued in 1940 to commemorate the centennial of signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. These coins have remained popular ever since with collectors and members of the public who put them aside at the time of issue.

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