2018 New Zealand Manuka Honey Bee 1oz Silver Proof Coin


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2018 New Zealand Manuka Honey Bee 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The dark, jelly-like, strong-flavoured mānuka honey was not popular for consumption among early settlers in New Zealand. However, studies and research in the 1980s proved the benefits of consuming mānuka honey and using it on irritated skin and wounds. Now mānuka honey, with its renowned medicinal properties, is in high demand all over the world.

Rather than avoiding the common mānuka shrubs and trees, beekeepers are now placing their hives in areas that are densely populated with the fragrant, native plant. Although there is no way to encourage bees to go specifically to mānuka flowers, placing the hives nearby does mean that there is likely to be a higher concentration of mānuka in the final honey product.

The Mānuka Honey coin follows the sell-out success of NZ Post’s 2016 Honey Bee coin.


  • Metal: 999 Fine Silver
  • Finish: Proof with selective colouring and resin
  • Diameter: 46mm x 40mm (Hexagonal shape)
  • Edge: Milled
  • Denomination: $1
  • Year of Issue: 2018
  • Mintage: 2018
  • Weight: 1 Troy oz
  • Mint:  BH Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt GmbH (for NZ Post)

Reverse Design

The hexagonal shape has been used again as it represents honey bees and the honeycombs they use for storage. Coloured resin is used to depict the rich, golden colour of mānuka honey, and can be seen dripping from a wooden dipper. A digitally printed honey bee is perched on a whitish-pink mānuka flower. Other engraving techniques give further depth to this beautiful coin.


This features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Comes attractively package in a hexagonal box with a numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.


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