Proof 1/2 Crown, Issued by New Zealand, 1940
Commemorating the Centennial of New Zealand and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Bare head of the king facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; below neck in small letters the artist's initials, HP (Humphrey Paget)

Reverse Description

A Maori woman standing facing with hands outstreached and radiant sun behind her head; on the left two Maori buildings, a warefuni (thatch hut) and a puhara (look-out stage) reflecting on the pre-white settlement era; on the right a skyscraper building representing New Zealand's commercial development; below, a scroll bearing the dates, 1840 1940; around above, NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: HALF CROWN

Edge Description



'To commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 by which the native chiefs ceded the sovereignty of New Zealand to the British Crown, the New Zealand Government authorised the issue of a half-crown of special design. This occasion was also marked by the issue of penny and halfpenny coins to complete the series of New Zealand coins of distinctive design.' Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, 1939, p. 5.

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