Sail the waters off the North Island’s north-western coast and you may be treated to a sight of the world’s rarest marine dolphin – and the hero of New Zealand Post’s 2010 annual coin.
Mintage of only 4,000 coins!
A Maui’s dolphin and its calf leap from the waves in the $5 proof-finish coin, struck in 0.999 fine silver and to a mintage limit of just 4,000 worldwide. The coastline in the background includes Mt. Taranaki (or Mt Egmont as it’s also known) – New Zealand’s most perfectly formed volcano, which rises 2,518 meters above sea level. Considered ‘dormant’ rather than extinct, Mt. Taranaki last erupted in 1775.
Comes to you in decorative blue dolphin box with numbered certificate of authenticity.
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.