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New Armistice Day 50 cent coin enters circulation today to mark 100 year anniversary


The Reserve Bank has confirmed a commemorative 50 cent coin honouring Armistice Day has been made legal tender starting today.

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The Armistice was signed by the Allies and Germany, ending World War One on November 11, 1918.

Two million copies of the coin have been minted to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice.

The coin features a splash of colour in the centre with the poppy, silver fern and a remembrance wreath featured to "remember the sacrifices made by service personnel and their families to bring peace to New Zealand and the world," the Reserve Bank said.

"The printed silver ferns on the wreath represent the past, present, and future and also reflect the three armed forces in New Zealand.

"The engraved koru pattern represents new beginnings, and the engraved silver fern reflects New Zealand’s national identity.

"A portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse."

The Reserve Bank said the coin can be used like a regular 50 cent coin.