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New Zealand Half Penny (Hei-Tiki)  1940 to 1965
New Zealand Half Penny (Hei-Tiki) 1940 to 1965

That is a Hei-Tiki on the back of this half penny coin from New Zealand. One theory of the origin of the hei-tiki suggests a connection with Tiki, the first man in South Pacific legend. Small hei-tiki charms are found throughout the region, and a popular on modern coins as well. Tiki statues are large; hei-tiki statues are small and resemble a human embryo.

These are modern coins and are not worth very much. Dates after 1952 have Queen Elizabeth instead of King George. 1942 is the good date, cataloging as follows:

HALF PENNY DATED 1942
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $200

All other dates are worth one-tenth of these figures.

Use our Important Terminology page to convert the catalog values discussed above to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 10364 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: MARLEAH, Sun, 12-Feb-2012 04:59:58 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 25-Oct-2013 02:41:54 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sat, 10-Oct-2015 03:24:22 GMT
Requester description: 1940 GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR NEW ZEALAND HALF PENNY 1940 IDOL FIGURE
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