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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2018, 06:21:30 PM »


The reverse of the 5 sene coin featured a pineapple.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2018, 06:23:36 PM »


The reverse of the 10 sene coin featured taro leaves.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2018, 06:26:28 PM »


The reverse of the 20 sene coin featured breadfruit.

 
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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2018, 06:34:31 PM »


The reverse of the 20 sene coin featured a banana tree.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2018, 06:36:29 PM »


The reverse of the 1 tala coin featured a palm tree with coconuts.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2018, 06:39:15 PM »
Interestingly, a FAO-themed coin featuring the same palm tree design was issued in 1980.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2018, 06:52:44 PM »
In 1984 a heptagonal 1 tala coin was introduced to replace the note. It was minted in aluminum bronze. The coin depicted the state emblem on the reverse. Heptagonal coins were quite fashionable at that time, because the shape was still regarded as relatively new.

See also: An Alphabet of Heptagons: Seven-Sided Coins
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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2018, 09:16:35 PM »
In 1987 Samoa issued a circulating 50 sene with an amended legend on the reverse that commemorated 25 years of independence.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2018, 09:20:18 PM »
On 4 July 1997 the government amended the constitution to change the country's name from Western Samoa to Samoa. This was done only after consulting the US government, who said that they had no problem with it. Apparently some inhabitants of American Samoa were not pleased about their neighbour's name change.

Coins reflecting this change did not appear until 2002. The former legend "SAMOA I SISIFO", which is Samoan for "Western Samoa", was now amended to simply "SAMOA".

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #24 on: November 10, 2018, 09:20:56 PM »
This is how the new legend looked on the 1 tala of 2002.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2018, 09:23:00 PM »


Look again at the 1 tala coin of 1984, and you will see that the new version, from 2002, uses a different font on the reverse, and also the "$" and "1" are brought closer together.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2018, 09:26:09 PM »


2 sene, 1967.



Meanwhile, back in the year 2000, a special FAO-themed 2 sene coin had been issued that echoed the design of the first coins back in 1967.

Below: 2 sene, 2000.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #28 on: November 11, 2018, 11:52:33 AM »
From Wikpedia:

In 2011, the 1 and 2 and 5 sene coins were withdrawn from circulation as production costs exceeded production and their use in circulation had diminished significantly over the years. A new coin series was also introduced with reduced sizes and new shapes to reduce production costs and to reflect a more modern, streamlined Samoa. The new coins feature the current head of state and are themed around local culture. The new coin series also includes a new scalloped edge $2 tala struck in bronze plated steel intended to replace the note. The $1 tala is also struck in bronze plated steel and retains its original seven sided shape but smaller. The reduced 5, 10, 20, and 50 sene are struck in nickel-plated steel. As Samoan coins are prone to heavy wear and use, the designs and composition were also studied and chosen with this in mind.

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Re: Coinage of Samoa
« Reply #29 on: November 11, 2018, 11:54:20 AM »
The obverse of the coins carried a portrait of Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, the Samoan head of state.

The portrait was designed by Vladimir Gottwald of the Royal Australian Mint.