New Zealand 1-FLORIN (KM4) Kiwi
There are five species of Kiwi, all native to New Zealand, and all endangered. A small, flightless bird about the size of a chicken, the kiwi is the national symbol of New Zealand. Since the only mammals native to New Zealand are bats, the ecological niches normally occupied by mammals were filled in by flightless birds, like the kiwi.
The Maori people use kiwi feathers for their ceremonial cloaks, but no longer hunt them and consider themselves their guardians. Feathers are only gathered from birds that die naturally or from accidents.
This silver coin is the original kiwi coin, minted from 1933 to 1936. It was followed by another silver version with George VI (1937-1946). After that, the Kiwi Florin changed to copper-nickel. This kiwi design did not survive decimalization in 1967.
- Diameter: 28.5 mm
- Composition: 0.500 Silver
- CAT#: KM4