0.500 silver, 28.28gm, diameter 38.5mm. KING GEORGE THE SIXTH His head left. R. NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1949 around silver fern leaf flanked by stars. Commemorative for the proposed royal visit. Obverse designed by Humphrey Paget, reverse by James Berry. Reeded edge. KM 22. A tiny dark stain, lightly toned, otherwise Choice Uncirculated.
A visit to New Zealand and Australia by King George VI, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret was proposed for 1949. As the dates for the tour grew near, it became apparent that the King’s ill health would not allow it to take place.
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