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The 1917 coin focuses on the growing importance of artillery.


The fourth coin in this five-year set is themed around artillery, which played a crucial role in the latter part of the war. Cannons and howitzers were fired accurately over long distances and creeping barrages helped protect the infantry and tear down barbed wire.

The scene depicted shows troops operating a Howitzer on the right side of the coins face, and the scene on the left depicts soldiers advancing up Messines Ridge in Belgium during the Battle of Messines in June 1917.

Denomination: One New Zealand dollar
Composition: 0.999 silver
Weight: 1oz
Diameter: 40mm
Edge treatment: Milled
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, United Kingdom
Shape: Round
Reverse design: Troops operating a Howitzer (right), and the advancement up Messines Ridge in Belgium (left)
Designed by: Strategy Creative, Wellington, New Zealand
Worldwide mintage limit: 1,000
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
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