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Modern coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens of other continents => Pacific Islands => Topic started by: Galapagos on September 13, 2009, 12:56:24 AM

Title: Papua New Guinea - Reduced Size Kina
Post by: Galapagos on September 13, 2009, 12:56:24 AM
In an older thread, Aidan told us the following:-

"Papua New Guinea still has a 1 Kina coin in circulation, but it is now in nickel-plated steel & a lot smaller in size."

Now, Andy has been posting some nice scans of old/new sized coins, so I wonder if he has both coins and can do the same for PNG?   :)
Title: Re: Papua New Guinea - Reduced Size Kina
Post by: andyg on September 13, 2009, 10:00:03 AM

Is this some sort of test ;D
though 1975 Kina is not so good, need a better one....
Don't think I've ever seen an old size Kina in Unc.
Title: Re: Papua New Guinea - Reduced Size Kina
Post by: translateltd on September 13, 2009, 10:26:08 AM
The coin may have got smaller but the hole appears to have got bigger - or is that just an optical illusion?
Title: Re: Papua New Guinea - Reduced Size Kina
Post by: andyg on September 13, 2009, 10:43:48 AM
Old - 15g, 33mm - centre hole 6mm
New - 11g, 29mm - centre hole 6mm

When the coins are placed together there is a very slight difference in centre hole size, say 0.2mm bigger on the new coin.  I think that this is because the hole in the older coin was maybe not quite punched correctly. Nice effect though!
Title: Re: Papua New Guinea - Reduced Size Kina
Post by: Figleaf on September 13, 2009, 05:14:54 PM
Don't think I've ever seen an old size Kina in Unc.

Mine's a mishandled unc with some big ugly spots. Looks like cheap sticky tape glue.

I can imagine using a bird of paradise. If you have seen them, you don't forget them. I can also imagine the Brits not wanting to use them for political reasons. What I find difficult to understand is using it as a sort of ersatz German eagle ...

Peter
Title: Re: Papua New Guinea - Reduced Size Kina
Post by: Galapagos on September 13, 2009, 06:16:49 PM
I would rate the German New Guinea bird of paradise design as being one of the very first "modern" depictions of wildlife on a COIN. Those Ceylonese and German East Africa elephants must rate among the others.
Title: Papua New Guinea - Reduced Size 1 Kina.
Post by: BC Numismatics on September 13, 2009, 10:00:56 PM
Peter,
  What is depicted on the obverse of Papua New Guinean coins is their equivilant of a Coat-of-Arms.

The Bird-of-Paradise is very appropriate,as Papua New Guinea is one of only 2 countries where Birds-of-Paradise are found in their natural habitat.

The other country where they are found in the wild is Trinidad & Tobago.

Aidan.
Title: Re: Papua New Guinea - Reduced Size Kina
Post by: Harald on September 14, 2009, 09:18:00 PM
Don't think I've ever seen an old size Kina in Unc.

nice & shiny, as it has never been used for trivial commercial activities...  ;D

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Harald