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Posted on 3/21/2017

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has recently issued new, award-worthy notes.

What do yellow-eyed penguins, daisies, Mount Cook and Sir Edmond Hillary have in common? They are all depicted on a beautiful New Zealand $5 note that has received international recognition. The polymer note, below, was honored as the 2015 award winner by the International Bank Note Society (IBNS). The $50 note, also below, is now being considered for the 2016 award. Every year, the IBNS awards this honor for artistic merit, design, use of color, contrast, balance, and innovative security features of a circulating note.

The front of the polymer $5 note features a realistic and detailed portrait of Sir Edmond Hillary, New Zealand’s most famous mountain climber. Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, is depicted on the left, as well.

New Zealand $5, front (left), back (right)
Image credit: Reserve Bank of New Zealand
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The back of the $5 note features the Hoiho, the yellow-eyed penguin which is a native New Zealand penguin that is also rare. A view of Campbell Island, the southernmost island of New Zealand, is also depicted along with purple and pink Campbell Island daisies.

The newest $50 New Zealand note (below) was introduced in 2016 and is now being considered for the 2016 award. The front of this note features a distinguished portrait of influential leader and Parliament member, Sir Apirana Ngata. To his left is the Porourangi Meeting House, which is now utilized as a Maori art museum.

New Zealand $50, front (left), back (right)
Image credit: Reserve Bank of New Zealand
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New Zealand’s blue mushrooms can be found on the back of this note, along with the Pureora Forest, and the native blue-wattled crow, also known as the Kokako.

Both the $5 note and the $50 note have similar security features. Each one features a holographic window and raised ink. The $5 note has a color-changing penguin on the bottom left, while the $50 note has a color-changing Kokako bird. The $5 note also has a puzzle number 5. The “5” only appears to be complete when held up to the light, while the $50 note has a similar feature with a “50” instead.

These colorful notes are available now in the PMG Registry here: All Sets: New Zealand

We are constantly looking to create new PMG Registry world sets to support the way you like to collect your treasured notes. It’s easy to take a peek at all of the availble categories here: The PMG Note Registry.

Do you have PMG world notes and are unsure where they may belong? Reach us via email at with your request and we are happy to assist you.

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