The New Zealand dollar is the official currency of New Zealand (the Cook Islands, Niue, the Ross Dependency, Tokelau, and the Pitcairn Islands). The official currency symbol: $, NZ$.
The New Zealand dollar was established in 1967 to replace the New Zealand pound. The first banknotes were introduced in denominations of $ 1, $ 2, $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, and $ 100. Then, in 1981, the Reserve Bank introduced a new series of banknotes with improved security measures, introduced the $ 50 bill, and the $ 1 and $ 2 were replaced by coins. Between 1992 and 1999, a wholly redesigned banknote series was introduced. However, the new series was replaced by a series of polymer banknotes in the following years. In 2015, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand introduced a new series of banknotes.
The 100 New Zealand dollar note front design features the portrait of Lord Ernest Rutherford Nelson (1871 – 1937), was a New Zealand physicist who came to be known as the ”father of the atom”. Lord Rutherford made decisive changes in atomic science, generated contributions in the explanation of the problem of radioactivity, also determined the atomic structure and achieved the transformation from one element to another, on a background with a Nobel Prize Medal, on a background with a Nobel Prize medal, of which Lord Rutherford was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908 “for his investigations into the disintegration of elements and the chemistry of radioactive substances.”, the medallion is superimposed on a graph showing the results of Lord Rutherford’s investigations of natural radioactivity. The design is completed with a holographic seal of a Yellowhead bird or Mōhua.
The reverse of the note illustrates the Yellowhead bird or Mōhua over a red beech branch, followed by a South Island lichen moth, on a background with a view of the Eglinton Valley, located in the Fiordland National Park. This note is part of the 2016 series, and its color is brownish red and multicolor.
Text: RESERVE BANK OF NEW ZEALAND TE PŪTEA MATUA THIS NOTE IS LEGAL TENDER FOR ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS LORD RUTHERFORD OF NELSON, NEW ZEALAND AOTEAROA.