A piece of New Zealand history engraved in pure silver. This is the first silver coin ever to include pounamu – hard, durable and highly valued nephrite jade found in southern New Zealand. Limited mintage of 3. 000 ensures this unique coin to be a bestseller among collectors!
The reverse of the coin shows Hei Matau – an amazing piece of Māori history and culture. Hei Matau is a bone or greenstone carving in the shape of highly stylized fish hook typical of the Māori people of New Zealand. It represents strength, good luck and safe travel across water. The symbol of Hei Matau is followed by a piece of pounamu, located in the right part of the coin. It has symbolic notches on the edge.
The obverse indicates the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, date 2012 and issuing country – New Zealand. Each coin is presented within black and red leatherette box which contains also a Certificate of Authenticity.
The silver coin Hei Matau – amazing piece of Māori history and culture
The hei matau symbol, depicted on the silver coin was hand-carved by famous Rotorua Māori artist, Lewis Gardiner
Each coin has symbolic notches on the edge
Contains 1 troy ounce / 31.1 grams of .999 pure silver
The world’s first coin issue with piece of pounamu (name for the New Zeland greenstone – nephrite jade)
Face value – 1 dollar
Worldwide mintage of only 3.000 coins
Coin is presented within a black and red leatherette box. Certificate of authenticity is included