New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from M?ori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, and early British settlers. At this point the M?ori has the largest minority in New Zealand (14.9%). Therefore, is expected to see elements of tribal art on coins, in this case, a M?ori mask.
1967 was the year of transition from the old British 'pence and pound' monetary system to the new British decimal system. One shilling and 10 cents were essentially the same coin, so, to be safe, both denominations appear on the coin between 1967 and 1969. Afterward the 'one shilling' does not appear.
These coins are made of copper-nickel and, for the most part, value is low. A collector may pay $1 or $2 US dollars for a specimen in uncirculated condition:
ALL DATES EXCEPT 2005:
worn: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $2
Over the years a few things have happened in this coin series. The coin catalog reports that many of the 1967-dated coins were melted in 2006, and this sends their price up a little bit over other dates. Then, apparently, all but a few of the 2005-dated coins were melted, and their price went way up, as follows:
COINS DATED 2005:
worn: $5 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $12
fully uncirculated: $25
Look for a 2005. It's a *good* one.