|Mint Mark:||Not Shown|
|Metal Content:||1 troy oz|
|Manufacturer:||New Zealand Post|
Mintage of only 3,000 coins!
This is the 2012 version of the popular Maori Art series from New Zealand Post. Also included in the series is the fantastic Maori Art: Papatuanuku and the Maori Art: Koru .
This coin is a true piece of Maori Art depicting a traditional hei matau and with an inset of lovely pounamu (nephrite jade) which is found only in the south island of New Zealand. A hei matau is a bone or greenstone carving in the shape of a highly stylized fish hook typical of the Maori people of New Zealand. They represent strength, good luck and safe travel across water.
The notches on the edge of the coin, some say, are the oldest type of carving recorded. The groups of two notches represent strength and abundance, while the groups of three notches refer to three stages of creation (epochs of time): Te Kore (the nothingness), Te Po (the darkness) and Te Ao Marama (the world of light). This New Zealand legal tender coin features the face value of the coin in both English and Te Reo Maori (the Maori language).
This stunning coin is presented within a black and red leatherette case – colors that feature strongly in Maori mythology and art. The embossed pattern adorning the lid has been designed by Thomas Hansen. As on the coin, the traditional kowhaiwhai pattern combines the ‘koiri’ design with a traditional whakairo (woodcarving) pattern called unaunahi.
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.