Some New Zealand coins and banknotes are worth considerably more than others. In this guide, we'll introduce and help you identify 10 Valuable NZ coins and banknotes that could fetch significant sums of money. If you've discovered any of the items mentioned in this guide and want them valued or are potentially interested in selling, don't hesitate to contact us.
1. 1879 New Zealand Penny
Despite being one of the most controversial New Zealand numismatic items, the 1879 Penny remains sought-after, dated 61 years before the first Royal Mint pennies in 1940 under King George VI.
2. New Zealand 100 Pounds and Early NZ Banknotes before 1934
Before the establishment of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1934, New Zealand's "Trading Banks" were issued their own banknotes. The highest denomination in circulation at that time was 100 Pounds. Although these notes have many different denominations and designs, they were all issued in different regions of New Zealand and have a date before 1934 on them.
3. New Zealand Lefeaux Kiwi Series
The first Reserve Bank of New Zealand banknote depicts Chief Tāwhiao, the second Maori King, as well as a kiwi and Mitre Peak. The most valuable of the series would be the 50 Pound Lefeaux.
4. 1935 Waitangi Crown
The 1935 New Zealand Crown commemorates the Treaty of Waitangi on 6th February 1840. It remains one of the most valuable NZ coins ever made.
5. New Zealand Fifty Pounds
The highest Reserve Bank of New Zealand banknote denomination. It is equivalent in face value and colour to our modern-day One Hundred Dollars.
6. New Zealand 0/K Prefix One Pound
Although the 0/K Prefix Combination ( 0 Number and K Letter ) One Pound note may appear ordinary at first glance, it is among the most valuable NZ banknotes.
7. Star Notes
Banknotes with a star symbol ( * ) next to their serial number, known as star replacement notes, are made to replace damaged or incorrectly printed notes. Some star replacement notes are extremely valuable - get yours checked out by us if you have one.
8. Queen Facing Left $100
Though relatively modern, the value of these $100 bills featuring Queen Elizabeth II facing left has risen significantly in recent years.
9. 1935 Threepence
The key date of the New Zealand threepence. The New Zealand treasury issued them in limited numbers as a collector’s piece for the 1935 date set to be completed.
10. 1967 New Zealand Bahamas Mule
Due to a minting error, this coin features the obverse side of a Bahamas Island 5 Cent coin and the reverse side of a New Zealand 2 Cent coin.