To commemorate the centenary, on 25 April 1915, of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and NZ Post teamed up to mint a commemorative 50 cent coin.
2015 marks 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign, where New Zealand fought alongside Australia and the 'spirit of Anzac' was born. To remember our Anzacs 100 years on The Reserve Bank of New Zealand and New Zealand Post Group are issuing New Zealand's first-ever commemorative circulating coin, titled 'The Spirit of Anzac'.
Spirit of Anzac commemorative circulating 50c coin
This coin is a symbol of our nationhood and reflects on the events that occurred 100 years ago on the shores of Gallipoli. It helps us to remember all New Zealanders who have served their country during times of conflict and peace.
Designed by Dave Burke, this striking 50 cent coin is New Zealand's first-ever commemorative circulating coin with colour applied to it. There have only been 1,000,000 coins produced. The coins have been minted and colour stamped by the Royal Canadian Mint, using a special ‘print pad’ technology. It has the same specifications as the existing 50 cent coin.
The coin will be available to pre-order online by the general public on 23 February and available exclusively through PostShops and Kiwibank branches nationwide from 23 March 2015. Find out more at nzpost.co.nz
And of course, being a circulating coin it can be 'spent' or 'saved'. The choice is yours!
About the coin design
Commissioned by New Zealand Post, renowned artist Dave Burke was chosen to design this Spirit of Anzac coin. The coin features a New Zealand and Australian soldier brought together by the hardships of Gallipoli. The soldiers stand back-to-back with their heads bowed out of respect and remembrance. Incorporated in the background of the design are mangopare patterns (hammerhead shark), a pattern traditionally associated with warriors, symbolising strength, determination and 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.
A brief history of Anzac
First observed in 1916, Anzac Day specifically commemorates the landings at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. Today a new generation reflects on the events that occurred at Gallipoli and remember all New Zealanders who have served their country during times of conflict and peace.
The effects the Gallipoli campaign had on New Zealand and Australia were devastating. More than 8,700 Australians and more than 2,700 New Zealanders lost their lives fighting for ‘Country, King and Empire’ in this ambitious campaign. It was through this hardship that the Anzac spirit was born.
While the Anzac troops are no longer with us, the spirit of Anzac continues to live on today and is remembered with the annual observance of Anzac Day on 25 April.