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The historical meaning of the Reserve Bank’s Armistice Day coin

Matthew Wright
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Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin, 2018, vol. 81, No 10, 14 pages

Abstract: This year the Reserve Bank is releasing a coloured circulating fifty cent coin to mark Armistice Day, the effective end of the First World War. This follows a similar coin issued in 2015 to mark the Gallipoli campaign. Both coins feature new-technology minting processes, and both were especially commissioned to mark these events as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s contribution to the government First World War centenary celebrations. This article outlines the historical meaning of the armistice and gives a particular context for the Armistice Day coin. It also describes the special design of the coin, which is one of only two coloured circulating coins issued in New Zealand.

Date: 2018
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