The Royal Canadian Mint struck a coloured circulating commemorative 50-cent coin for New Zealand on 1st October to observe the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day when the dreaded World War I ended.
The coin features the official Returned and Services Association red poppy, a remembrance wreath with silver fern and koru, elements that represent New Zealand. The silver ferns symbolise the past, present, and future and also the three armed forces in New Zealand. The koru pattern indicates new beginnings. The obverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
The coin’s specifications are similar to that of the currently circulating New Zealand 50-cent coins. The RSA is one of the oldest ex-service organizations in the world and one of the largest voluntary welfare organizations in New Zealand.
Image Courtesy: The Royal Canadian Mint