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The modernisation of New Zealand's currency and cash distribution

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  • Alan Boaden

    (Reserve Bank of New Zealand)

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    This article discusses the various changes to the currency and cash distribution procedures that have occurred in recent years, together with the more recent decisions to modernise the `silver' coins. Polymer notes, which were introduced in 1999, are found to have proven very durable and cost-effective compared with the older paper notes. The Reserve Bank's move to become a wholesale supplier of currency (ie no longer participating in the daily distribution of cash to the registered banks) has signi?cantly reduced costs in this area. The article explains the recent decision to opt for smaller and lighter `silver' coins and to withdraw the 5 cent coin from circulation, noting that the new coins are expected to bring signi?cant bene?ts for the public.

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    Article provided by Reserve Bank of New Zealand in its journal Reserve Bank of New Zealand Bulletin.

    Volume (Year): 68 (2005)
    Issue (Month): (June)
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    Handle: RePEc:nzb:nzbbul:june2005:2

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