New Zealand one hundred-dollar note

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One hundred dollars
(New Zealand)
Value 100 New Zealand dollars
Width 155 mm
Height 74 mm
Security features Window, Shadow image
Paper type Polymer
Years of printing 1999–present[1]
Design The Lord Rutherford of Nelson
Design date May, 2016[2]
Design mohua/yellowhead
Design date May, 2016

The New Zealand one-hundred-dollar note was issued on May 3, 1999. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand issued the note because it will last four times longer than its counterpart, the paper banknote. The Bank also said the notes are non-porous, meaning they don't absorb liquids and are therefore much cleaner. The notes have much better features than the paper notes which also deters counterfeiters.[1]


On the front is The Lord Rutherford of Nelson, who is "The Father of the Atom". Current understanding of the atom is based on Lord Rutherford's discoveries. To the left is the Nobel Prize Rutherford won in 1908. On the back is a mōhua or yellowhead and the moth Declana egregia, both found on the South Island. The background is the Eglinton Valley, which is in Fiordland National Park on the South Island.[3]

First issue (1967 to 1981)[edit]

The $100 note replaced the similarly coloured £50 note from the pre-decimal series. The front portrays Queen Elizabeth II. The back portrays the takahē.

Second issue (1982 to 1990)[edit]

Third issue (1990 to 1999)[edit]

Fourth issue (1999 to 2016)[edit]

Fifth issue (2016 to present)[edit]

The note was made brighter.[4]

Security features[edit]

The polymer note has a watermark of Elizabeth II on the right side. There are two transparent windows with images of a fern, on the left and on the right. When held up to the light the window will show a "100" in its center, and images of ferns printed on each side will line up perfectly. When the note is put under ultraviolet light a yellow patch should appear with the number "100" through the use of fluorescent dyes.[5]


  1. ^ a b "New Zealand's banknotes". Reserve Bank of New Zealand. 1999-05-03. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  2. ^ Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  3. ^ "Explaining New Zealand's Currency" (PDF). Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
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  5. ^ "The New Polymer Bank Notes" (PDF). Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-13. Retrieved 2013-08-02.