To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice and honour those who served in the First World War, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is releasing a commemorative 50 cent circulating coin.
To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice and honour those who served in the First World War, NZ Post is issuing official stamps and legal tender commemorative coins. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is also releasing a commemorative 50 cent circulating coin.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns fell silent along the Western Front. The First World War had effectively ended.
In New Zealand and Australia, Armistice Day has always been overshadowed by Anzac Day (25 April). First observed in 1916, Anzac Day has been a full public holiday in New Zealand since 1921. Armistice Day was nevertheless observed in New Zealand. Until the 1950s, trains would come to a halt and vehicles would pull over to the kerb just before 11am on 11 November. Drivers and passengers observed two minutes’ silence.
100 years on we remember them
In many countries around the world, the fallen of the First World War are remembered on 11 November. To commemorate 100 years since the Armistice, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand is issuing an Armistice Day 50 cent circulating coin. New Zealand Post has also created a commemorative stamp and coin programme to reflect this significant milestone in our history.
While a number of legal tender circulating coins will be available to order, the intention is that every New Zealander will have the chance to find one of these special coins in their change. You can purchase up to 20 coins. They’re available in one roll of 20 or as a five-coin pack. The coins will be put into circulation through retailers nationwide from 1 October.
The stamps and coins have been designed by New Zealand artist Dave Burke. Four of the stamps represent past and present members of the armed forces, and a fifth stamp features the RNZRSA poppy. A 1oz silver proof version of the circulating coin is available, as well as a coin featuring three poppies, representing close allies New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.
The Armistice 1918-2018 stamps and coins are available to pre-order now at nzpost.co.nz/armistice