More than three quarters of the coloured circulating commemorative coins minted to mark the Anzac centenary have been taken up by the public.
The Reserve Bank minted one million of the special 50 cent Anzac coins to commemorate the centenary, on 25 April 1915, of the Anzac landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
The coins are available for sale online and at PostShop and Kiwibank branches nationwide, and more than 750,000 coins have been distributed since mid-February.
The Anzac coins are sold at their face value – 50 cents – and are legal tender.
Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Geoff Bascand says public feedback about the coin has been overwhelmingly positive, and uptake has been strong ahead of the Anzac centenary next week.
“New Zealanders have been very keen to secure their own coloured circulating commemorative coin as a symbol of the spirit of Anzac which was forged on the shores of Gallipoli a hundred years ago.
“The Anzac coin is legal tender, so you can use it as you would a regular 50-cent coin to pay for goods and services. But we expect many people will choose to keep it as a way to commemorate the centenary and remember those who fought for country, King and Empire.”
Groups representing former and current armed services, including the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association members and Defence Force personnel, were given the opportunity to pre-order coins.