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. To commemorate this important centenary and honour those who served, a series of official stamps and legal tender commemorative coins have been issued.

Commemorative Circulating Coin Collectable Pack

This collectable pack includes one circulating 50 cent coin and a message from New Zealand’s Governor-General, Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO.


  • NZ Post will donate 50 cents from every pack sold directly to the RNZRSA.
  • Legal tender circulating coin
  • New Zealand’s second colour-printed commemorative circulating coin
  • Available in a collectable pack
  • A limit of 2,000,000 coins minted
  • Includes a letter from New Zealand’s Governor-General, Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO
  • Coin features the RNZRSA poppy
  • Circulating coin commemorating the centenary of Armistice Day
  • Please note that as this coin is legal New Zealand tender and can only be shipped via courier within New Zealand. A standard courier charge will apply.

The coin features the red poppy of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services’ Association (RNZRSA) at its centre. The three silver ferns on the wreath surrounding the poppy represent the three services (Navy, Air Force and Army) within the New Zealand Defence Force. They also symbolise past, present and future. The unfolding koru pattern evokes new beginnings.

Denomination: Fifty New Zealand cents
Finish: Circulating
Composition: Nickel-plated steel
Weight: 5 grams
Diameter: 24.75mm
Edge treatment: Unmilled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: RNZRSA red poppy surrounded by a remembrance wreath with silver fern and koru elements
Designed by: Dave Burke Design, Auckland, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 2,000,000
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint

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Price: $9.90
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