This Silver round is difficult to find in the United States, and was the predecessor to the Silver Taku/Hawksbill Turtle line from the New Zealand Mint.
Iconic New Zealand design!
The Silver fern is an iconic symbol of its native New Zealand that is recognized around the world. Instantly recognized, this stunning round encompasses several facets of New Zealand’s history. The Silver fern is flanked by a Maori design, while on the obverse the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ sits proudly next to the four stars of the Southern Cross. Minted from 1 oz of .999 fine Silver, the Silver fern bullion round was once the iconic Silver bullion product of New Zealand Mint.
The obverse shows a map of New Zealand and the four stars of the Southern Cross constellation. Above this appears the traditional Maori word for New Zealand, "Aotearoa," meaning "land of the long white cloud." The reverse features a finely engraved depiction of a Silver fern surrounded by a traditional Maori border design.
New Zealand Mint:
The New Zealand Mint is a privately owned company in Auckland, New Zealand. It is the only privately owned mint in New Zealand, purchasing refined Gold from international sources to produce coins. They have established their reputation over the past four decades for their high quality design as exhibited by their innovative commemorative Gold and Silver bullion products. The only precious metal mint in New Zealand, the mint uses the tag-line “Minters of the South Pacific” and produces collector and bullion coins for a number of pacific nations, including Fiji, the Cook Islands, Niue and Tuvalu.