Author Topic: Coinage of Tonga  (Read 1193 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #45 on: February 22, 2019, 06:08:07 PM »

Sergio Giandomenico of the Rome Mint.



In 1981 a new FAO-themed design series was issued, to celebrate World Food Day. In fact, the series ran for a few decades.

With one exception, the obverse designs of the 1975 series were retained, but new reverse designs were created by Sergio Giandomenico of the Rome Mint.

 
« Last Edit: March 28, 2019, 12:58:45 PM by <k> »

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #46 on: February 22, 2019, 06:09:52 PM »


The reverse design of the 1 seniti coin of 1981 featured a vanilla plant.

“FAKALAHI ME’AKAI” is Tongan for “Grow more food”.

 
« Last Edit: March 11, 2019, 10:10:53 PM by <k> »

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #47 on: February 22, 2019, 06:12:10 PM »


The obverse design of the 2 seniti coin of 1981 featured a taro plant.

 
« Last Edit: February 22, 2019, 06:38:08 PM by <k> »

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #48 on: February 22, 2019, 06:17:43 PM »


The reverse design of the 5 seniti coin of 1981 featured coconuts.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #49 on: February 22, 2019, 06:21:52 PM »


The reverse design of the 10 seniti coin of 1981 featured a banana tree.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #50 on: February 22, 2019, 06:27:06 PM »


The reverse design of the 20 seniti coin of 1981 featured yams.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #51 on: February 22, 2019, 06:28:10 PM »


The reverse design of the 50 seniti coin of 1981 featured tomatoes.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #52 on: February 22, 2019, 06:30:44 PM »


The reverse design of the rectangular 1 pa'anga coin of 1981 featured a sailing boat.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #53 on: February 22, 2019, 06:32:14 PM »


The reverse design of the rectangular 2 pa'anga coin of 1981 featured farm animals.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #54 on: February 22, 2019, 06:36:29 PM »
Here you see all the new designs of 1981.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #55 on: February 22, 2019, 08:13:47 PM »
So now you wish to know, which of the 1975 thematic designs were retained for the 1981 set?

They were the 1, 2 and 5 seniti designs, seen below. The 1981 designs were retained until the new series was issued in 2015.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #56 on: February 22, 2019, 08:16:37 PM »
From Wikipedia:

In 2002, nickel-plated steel replaced copper-nickel in the 10, 20, and 50 seniti and the 5 seniti in 2005. The change did not occur in the 5 seniti initially as there was still a reasonable quantity of coins in stock at the time of the change. The move was made to reduce costs in production of the coins. The weight of the coins was also slightly reduced, although they remained the same approximate size as earlier dated coins.



King Tupou IV died in 2006.

From Wikipedia:

George Tupou V (Siaosi Tāufaʻāhau Manumataongo Tukuʻaho Tupou; 4 May 1948 – 18 March 2012) was the King of Tonga from the death of his father, Tāufaʻāhau Tupou IV, in 2006 until his own death in 2012.

In 2011, commercial demand for 20 and 50 seniti prompted these denominations to be issued featuring the effigy of Tupou IV, who had died in 2006. A new obverse design for George Tupou V had not yet been made or selected at this time, possibly due to increased health concerns regarding the latter monarch, who died in March 2012.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #57 on: February 22, 2019, 08:31:55 PM »
Tonga issued a new design series in July 2015. Unlike the first two series, this was not a FAO-themed set.

The common obverse features the portrait of King Tupou VI, monarch since 2012, except for the 1 pa'anga coin, which features a portrait of King George Tupou V.

Offline <k>

  • Moderator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 20 129
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #58 on: February 22, 2019, 08:34:45 PM »
The reverse designs:

5   seniti.     Heilala (Garcinia sessilis): Tonga's national flower.
10 seniti.     Malau (Megapodius pritchardii): Tongan scrubfowl.
20 seniti.     Kalia: catamaran.
50 seniti.     Milolua: Tongan dance.
1 pa'anga.   Coat of arms.

Designer of the obverse and reverse designs: Aleksandra Stokic.

The coins were minted by the Royal Australian Mint.

Offline Figleaf

  • Administrator
  • Honorary Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 29 266
Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #59 on: February 22, 2019, 09:13:21 PM »
The picture of queen Salote in her coronation dress awoke an ancient memory ;) You are too young to remember this 1953 song, celebrating queen Salote's exploit that made her unwelcome at the British court for the rest of her life: while the coronation guests sought shelter in limousines, the queen of Tonga had pity on the assembled Britons of the kerb, shivering under their umbrellas. Not only did she insist on an open carriage, she STOOD most of the way, waving at the Londoners. They loved her, but Windsor decided stealing the show was not done.

THE QUEEN OF TONGA
(Jack Fishman)

Edmundo Ros - 1953

In the Pacific islands of Tonga
They make their people stronger
Oh, it can rain or storm or squall
But they don't feel nothing at all

Oh, the Queen of Tonga
Crossed the ocean from faraway
The Queen of Tonga
Came to Britain for Coronation Day

When the historic day came a-dawning
The Queen woke up that morning
And put on all her finery
For the crowning ceremony

Oh, the Queen of Tonga
Crossed the ocean from faraway
The Queen of Tonga
Came to Britain for Coronation Day

And when the great procession departed
This Queen so happy-hearted
Said, let it rain and let it pour
Bring an open carriage and four

Oh, the Queen of Tonga
Crossed the ocean from faraway
The Queen of Tonga
Came to Britain for Coronation Day

And when the people saw her
On that torrential morn
She captured all before her
Took everyone by storm

Oh, the Queen of Tonga
Crossed the ocean from faraway
The Queen of Tonga
Came to Britain for Coronation Day

In every heart will always live longer
That reigning Queen of Tonga
And I would like to save the fare
Just to see her once again there

Oh, the Queen of Tonga
Crossed the ocean from faraway
The Queen of Tonga
Came to Britain for Coronation
Royal Celebration
Coronation Day

(Transcribed by Bill Huntley & Mel Priddle - September 2005)
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.