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New Zealand Florin (Kiwi Bird)  1933 to 1965
New Zealand Florin (Kiwi Bird) 1933 to 1965

New Zealand makes a lot of coins with a lot of interesting wild life. These florins have a kiwi on the back, with the reigning British monarch on the front: George V, George VI, and Elizabeth II.

FLORIN 1933 TO 1946: 0.182 troy ounces silver
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $35
fully uncirculated: $100
florins dated 1936 are rare and catalog at $400 in well preserved condition
florins dated 1940 and 1944 are somewhat rare and catalog at $120 in well preserved condition
see below for certain 'flat back' florins dated 1946

Coins after 1946 carry no silver. 1947, 1948, and 1949 are particularly difficult to find in uncirculated, as follows:

FLORIN DATED 1947, 1948, OR 1949
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $70

FLORIN AFTER 1950 TO 1953
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $20

FLORIN AFTER 1953
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $10
florin dated 1964 and 1965 are very common; divide these values by three

Be sure, as always on CoinQuest, to check the Important Terminology page so you can fully understand what these catalog values mean.

Now, there is an aspect of these coins that is sure to get your collector juices flowing. This only works for florins dated 1946. There is a 'flat back' variety of the 1946 florin that is worth more than regular 1946 coins.


You can easily see that the form of the kiwi is different between these two coins. Here are the catalog values for a flat back florin:

FLORIN DATED 1946 WITH FLAT BACK KIWI
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $200
fully uncirculated: $500

Coin: 13503 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: Rich, Sat, 05-Jan-2013 19:12:14 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 05-Jan-2013 20:07:45 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Tue, 23-Dec-2014 02:12:44 GMT
Requester description: 1935 George v king emperor NEW ZEALAND ONE FLORIN 1935 KIWI BIRD ONE FLORIN
Tags: new zealand florin kiwi bird george v king emperor one geroge stgeorge glorgivs georgius georgvs georgeivs georgious giorgi geroges geogius georg geogivs georgian geor gearge georgivis georgium georger georgia georgvis goerg georgevs georgivs kings rois konigreich konigin empereur imperaior emperer emperuer emporer emperur emperio emperado emperador empreradur eporor emperator ones

Comments

I have a 1948 NZ Florin and have had a really good look at it and compared it to the two images of the normal coin and the flat back and am 100% certain it is flat back!

- Bruce
Hi Bruce -- Check the date. Only 1946 flat backs, not 1948 flat backs, are valuable. 1948 flat back florins are worth amounts shown under FLORIN DATED 1948 OR 1949 on this page. - CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi, I have a well preserved 1947 New Zealand Florin with a flat back. The year 1947 is not specifically mentioned in your schedule. Please advise which section would apply. Thanks. - Barry.
Sorry Barry. We messed up and did not include the 1947 florin, all of which have a flat back. We fixed the page:

FLORIN DATED 1947, 1948, OR 1949
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $70
- CoinQuest (Paul)

I have a 1961 New Zealand florin how much would that be worth? - Lily
Lily -- We fixed the page to make it more understandable.
FLORIN AFTER 1953
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $5
fully uncirculated: $10
- CoinQuest (Paul)

Hi I have a 1965 florin with flatback, in circulated to worn condition I think. Can you please tell me what it is worth and also if flatback florins came out in other years other than 1946? Thanks K - Kathryn
Hey Kathryn, the values are listed on this page. There are other dates with the flat back but it is considered a 'key' coin for 1946 because it is a variety -- only 25% of the florins minted that year have the flat back on them. - CoinQuest (Todd)

  

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