New Zealand 1965 shilling

ARTEFACT OF THE WEEK:  Today’s artefact depicts a New Zealand shilling, twenty of which made up one New Zealand pound. These were first issued in 1933 and featured the image of a Maori warrior carrying a taiaha “in a warlike attitude” on the reverse. The warrior is based on a photograph of local chief Tutange Waionui, the founder of Pariroa Pa situated 2.2 km inland from Kakaramea. In 1967, New Zealand’s currency was decimalised and the shilling was replaced by a ten cent coin of the same size and weight. Smaller 10-cent coins were introduced in 2006. If you know more information about this artefact that would be useful for our catalogue, contact the museum on 0800 111 323 or, Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki Heritage Collection, with reference to:  2010.020.1.

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