New Zealand Cross, a 1982 New Zealand Coin and Medal Company Ltd copy with the reverse marked ‘Replica 17’, and engraved as such on the reverse, silver with gold applique, the suspension engraved ‘P&F Ltd STG 18CT’. Complete with two pronged gold ribbon brooch bar, and housed in its fitted case. Rare.

Price: £1,350.00


Product ID: CMA/25455
Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine
Availability: IN STOCK
Description:

New Zealand Cross, a 1982 New Zealand Coin and Medal Company Ltd copy with the reverse marked ‘Replica 17’, and engraved as such on the reverse, silver with gold applique, the suspension engraved ‘P&F Ltd STG 18CT’. Complete with two pronged gold ribbon brooch bar, and housed in its fitted case. Rare.

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

In terms of quality, the above described copy is what has often been termed an official copy, officially authorised by the New Zealand Government, however this is not correct. In 1982 the New Zealand Coin and Medal Company Ltd was commissioned by the New Zealand Mint to produce 200 replicas in sterling silver and 18 carat gold. Due to the work involved in hand finishing each cross only 67 were in fact completed, and individucally numbered as such on the reverse, as well as being engraved 'replica' on the reverse - this one offered being no. 17, it is slightly more desirable as it comes within the range of awards actually issued of the original medal back in the Maori Wars. Only 23 New Zealand Crosses were awarded. A further 13 official specimens have been authorised up to the present day - one of these official specimens is currently being offered by the London Medal Company.

The rarest of all gallantry awards, the New Zealand Cross was conferred for bravery during the second series of Maori Wars (1860-1872). Only 23 Crosses were awarded, the last being authorised in 1910. This medal was called into being solely because local volunteer forces were not eligible for the Victoria Cross, and it ranks equally with the V.C. It is not to be confused with the New Zealand Cross that was recently instituted by New Zealand as the premier civilian award for bravery, however it influenced the current award which has slight ammendments to the design, but nevertheless does look similar.