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 Roll of 20 Circulating Coins

Limit of 20 coins per customer (one roll of 20 coins).

While a number of coins will be available to order directly from the website, the intention is that every New Zealander will have the chance to find one of these special coins. To allow for this, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand has requested that New Zealand Post limit the number of coins available via the website to one roll of 20 coins or four 5-packs of coins per customer.


  • Legal tender circulating coin
  • New Zealand’s second colour-printed commemorative circulating coin
  • Available as a roll of 20 x 50c coins
  • A limit of 2,000,000 coins minted
  • 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 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: Twenty x 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: $10.00
1918 Back from the Brink

Take a look at the important part New Zealand played in the last year of the war, and the emotional return home with our 1oz silver proof coin and ¼ oz gold proof coin.