The Kiwi bird is the national symbol of New Zealand, a flightless ratites, which is unique in its feather structure, size and egg to size ratio (the egg of the kiwi is very large compared to the bird). It is about the size of a chicken, much smaller than its close relatives, the Emu and Cassowaries. It is very threatened by foriegn imported predators (read cats) and habitat loss. There are 5 species and a number of subspecies.

New Zealanders have been known as Kiwi's since the use of the bird as a mascot for an elite military unit in the late 19th century and then expaned to all New Zealand soldiers during World War I.


The Florin was part of the previous monetary system of New Zealand, valued at 2 shillings (of which 20 shillings made a pound) , which was minted from 1933 until 1946 in %50 silver and from 1947 to 1967 as Cu-Ni alloy. This 1963 example is uncirculated and the coin is 28.5 mm, about the size of a half dollar.

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1963 1 Florin Reverse

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1963 One Florin Obverse





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Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins.
Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.

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