Obverse: KING EMPEROR GEORGE VI - Profile of a young King George, facing left. Beaded circle around rim.
Reverse: NEW ZEALAND ONE SHILLING * 1947 - Maori Warrior, kneeling on a rock, holding a Spear, facing left. Beaded circle around rim.
Mint Mark: KQ
Composition: Copper & Nickel
Measures: 23mm in diameter.
New Zealand was settled by Polynesians, over 700 years ago. The word MAORI refers to the indigenous people of New Zealand, and to their language.
In 1947, the year this coin was minted, the New Zealand Department of Native Affairs was renamed to the Department of Maori Affairs.
Europeans visited the country in 1642, but it wasn't until the 1840s, that it experienced large scale European migrations. Also in 1947, the British Parliament passed the New Zealand Constitution (Amendment) Act, giving New Zealand's Parliament the power to modify its own constitution.
New Zealand became an independent constitutional monarchy, with the monarch of the United Kingdom, remaining the monarch of New Zealand. However, New Zealand's monarchy is legally separate from that of the United Kingdom.
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