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Collector coins of Tokelau
« on: June 21, 2020, 03:06:34 PM »


Tokelau lies south of Kiribati.



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Tokelau (previously known as the Union Islands, and officially as Tokelau Islands until 1976) is a dependent territory of New Zealand in the southern Pacific Ocean. It consists of three tropical coral atolls (Atafu, Nukunonu and Fakaofo), with a combined land area of 10 km2 (4 sq miles). The capital rotates yearly among the three atolls.

Tokelau has a population of approximately 1,500 people, the fourth-smallest population of any sovereign state or dependency. As of the 2016 census, around 45% of residents were born overseas, mostly in Samoa and New Zealand. Approximately 94% of the population speak Tokelauan as a first language. Tokelau has the smallest economy in the world, although it is a leader in renewable energy, being the first 100% solar powered nation in the world.

Tokelau is officially referred to as a nation by both the New Zealand government and the Tokelauan government. It is a free and democratic nation with elections every three years. However, in 2007 the United Nations General Assembly included Tokelau on its list of non-self-governing territories. Its inclusion on the list is controversial, as Tokelauans have twice voted against further self-determination, and the islands' small population reduces the viability of self-government. The basis of Tokelau's legislative, administrative and judicial systems is the Tokelau Islands Act 1948, which has been amended on a number of occasions. Since 1993, the territory has annually elected its own head of government, the Ulu-o-Tokelau.
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Re: Collector coins of Tokelau
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2020, 03:07:24 PM »


Map of Tokelau and its three atolls.
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2020, 03:10:02 PM »


Atafu atoll.





Atafu atoll.  Tokelau is threatened by rising seas and global warming.
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2020, 03:12:37 PM »


National badge of Tokelau.



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The national badge of Tokelau depicts a tuluma, a traditional Tokelauan carved wooden “tackle box” used by local fishermen. A white cross in the centre of the tuluma and the inscription below -Tokelau mo te Atua (Tokelauan, "Tokelau for God") - reflect the strong influence of Christianity in Tokelau.
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2020, 03:14:30 PM »


Flag of Tokelau.



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Tokelau is a dependent territory of New Zealand, therefore the flag of New Zealand has been used as the official flag for Tokelau. In May 2008, however, the local parliament, the General Fono, approved a distinctive flag and national emblem for Tokelau. The Governor-General presented the flag to the Ulu-o-Tokelau as Tokelau's first official flag on 7 September 2009.

The flag shows the Southern Cross and a stylised Polynesian canoe.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2020, 03:18:06 PM »
The New Zealand dollar circulates in Tokelau and is the only official currency. There are no Tokelauan circulation coins. Some official collector sets have been produced that look like circulation sets. However, they do not circulate and are produced for collectors only. This topic is about collector pieces only.
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2020, 03:48:55 PM »


Obverse of Tokelau's first collector coin.



Tokelau's first collector piece was a 1 tala coin, issued in 1978.

The obverse shows the Queen, who is Tokelau's head of state.


The beads around the rim are arranged in groups of three, to represent Tokelau's three atolls.


See also: Beads and dentillations on coins.
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2020, 03:52:09 PM »


The reverse of Tokelau's first collector coin.



The reverse design, by Faraimo Paulo, depicted a pandanus fruit.

The legend 'TAHI TALA' is Tokelauan for '1 dollar.'


See also: Unadopted designs of Tokelau 1978.
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2020, 03:58:08 PM »


A pandanus fruit.



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Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant in the Pandanus (screwpine) genus, which is commonly known as pandan. It has fragrant leaves which are used widely for flavouring in the cuisines of Southeast Asia and South Asia.



The pandanus fruit also appeared on the reverse of the 50 cents coin of Kiribati.  See: The Gilbert and Ellice Islands became Kiribati and Tuvalu.
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2020, 04:01:20 PM »



The design on the 1 tala collector coin of 1979.

The initials shown are F P for Faraimo Paulo and V V for Vambola Veinberg.

Mr Veinberg was an engraver of Estonian origin at the Royal Australian Mint.
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2020, 04:03:15 PM »
The reverse of the 1980 tala depicted a coconut crab, designed once more by Faraimo Paulo.
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2020, 04:09:25 PM »
The reverse of the 1981 tala featured a frigate bird.

This was another superb design by Faraimo Paulo.
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2020, 04:10:43 PM »
To be continued.
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