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What's on the coins?
Heads and tails
These activities have students explore the images on our coins.
There are activities to design new coins and a physical education activity (with a related graphing activity) involving tossing a coin.
Introduction - tossing a coin
The head side of our coins
Interesting Coin Fact
It is a tradition that the portrait of the new Head of State on coins and notes has them face in the other direction to the previous Head of State.
New Zealand has changed the Queen's portrait three times during her reign.
The Queen's picture is changed to reflect a more current image of her. The last portrait was taken in 1996.
The tails side of our coins
There are two designs for the 20 cent coin because New Zealand developed two new coins - the $1 coin and $2 coin - in 1990. It was decided to feature the kiwi on the $1 coins (so we truly have a kiwi dollar), so the kiwi was removed from the 20 cent coin.
In 2006 we do not need any new pictures for our coins as we are just changing their size and composition.
It is suggested that you use this activity as an extension after your students have designed their coins, as many of the ideas the students come up with may already be on our commemorative coins. However, some students may be aware of the commemorative coins and bring them into their discussions about coin design.
Students can look at the commemorative coins New Zealand has produced by visiting http://stamps.nzpost.co.nz/Cultures/en-NZ/Coins
The coins are 'legal tender' and you could use them to buy goods but people don’t usually do this. Instead people make a hobby or a business out of buying and selling commemorative coins.
Students who are interested in finding out more about buying and selling coins on the internet could visit Trade Me or eBay or other websites that provide information about collecting coins.
Heads and tails P. E. activity
In this outdoor activity pairs of students toss a coin to see which of two activities they will do. It requires some preparation of cards for activity stations outlining two alternative activities such as:
heads - star jumps, tails - hopping.
heads - throw and catch a small ball, tails - throw and catch a large ball.
heads - skipping with a skipping rope, tails - skipping using a hoop.
The activity is designed with an optional classroom bar graphing extension activity.
The P.E. activity
In the classroom