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Re: Coinage of modern Papua New Guinea
« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2019, 01:34:32 PM »
Below you see the 10 kina commemorative collector coin of 1977, issued to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee: 25 years as queen.

You may think that the obverse is shown on the left, because it shows the Queen's portrait. Wrong! Despite being a Commonwealth realm (like Australia and Canada), PNG does not traditionally show the Queen on its coins, preferring to use its national emblem of a bird of paradise on the obverse.

Moreover, the obverse of a coin is most usually the side that shows the country name: here Papua New Guinea.

Not all Commonwealth realms use the Queen's portrait: The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, and Papua New Guinea do not.

See: The Worldwide Usage of the Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.