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About the New Zealand fern (Silver fern) flag

The Silver fern flag is sometimes seen as an unofficial flag of New Zealand, in several variants. The silver fern itself is a quasi-national emblem, being used for various official symbols, including the Coat of arms of New Zealand and the New Zealand One Dollar coin. A number of New Zealand sports teams, such as the Silver Ferns and the All Blacks use similar silver fern flags as part of their official merchandise.

The silver fern was first used on New Zealand military insignia South African War (1899 - 1902), and along with the United Tribes of New Zealand flag design also features on the back of the Boer War medals presented to soldiers who served in the war.

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