A limited edition coloured 50 cent coin will go into circulation later this year to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.
The Armistice Day coin will feature a red poppy surrounded by a green wreath and silver ferns representing the past, present and future and the three armed forces of New Zealand.
“World War I represents a significant chapter in New Zealand’s history. A total of 10 percent of our population at the time, between the ages of 20 and 45 served during this war,” Reserve Bank’s Steve Gordon said.
The total cost of the minting, production, communication and release of the coin is about $465,000.
Two million coins have been minted, with around 1.6 million going into circulation from 1 October.
They will be divided between regions based on population to ensure a fair chance for everyone to end up with one among their change.
Veterans will be able to order coins later this year.
What is Armistice Day?
Armistice Day marks the anniversary of the signing of an agreement by the Allies and Germany, ending World War I.
It is observed annually on 11 November at 11am – the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.