News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Queen's portrait to be updated on coins


The Reserve Bank announced today that New Zealanders would soon see a new portrait of the Queen on their coins.

The first New Zealand circulating coins with the new portrait will be the 5 cent and $2 coins.

Reserve Bank Currency Department Chief Manager Brian Lang said today: "New stocks of 5 cent coins, which are likely to be issued into circulation next month, will feature the updated portrait of Her Majesty. The next batch of $2 coins will also feature the new portrait, but they will not appear until later in the year. Other coin denominations will carry the portrait when new stocks are next ordered.

"Apart from the new portrait, we have made no other changes to the coins.

"This is an image reflecting the Queen as she is today", Mr Lang said. "It will be the fourth portrait of the Queen on New Zealand's coins since Her Majesty's accession to the throne in 1953. The U.K. and Australia are also changing their coinage to include the new picture".

The new portrait has been approved by the Queen herself and was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. An English designer, Mr Rank-Broadley won a portrait design competition commissioned in 1997 by the British Royal Mint's Advisory Committee.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Renée, Wystan Curnow, Michael Harlow:: PM's Awards For Literary Achievement

Feminist and working-class stories, poetry as song, and a deeper understanding of New Zealand art – these are just some of the frontiers explored by this year’s winners of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. More>>


It's A Coo: Kererū Crowned Bird Of The Year For 2018

With a whoosh-whoosh, the kererū has swooped to glory for the first time, in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition. More>>


Mustelids: Zealandia Traps Weasel Intruder

Zealandia has successfully trapped a weasel discovered within the protected wildlife sanctuary... The female weasel was found in a DOC200 trap by a Zealandia Ranger, at the southern end of the sanctuary where the animal was first detected. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Stray Echoes Leave No Trace

Writer and director Dustin Feneley's feature debut is a beautifully lyrical and cinematic tone poem that brings an unflinching eye to loneliness and isolation. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland