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Offline Figleaf

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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #60 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.

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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #61 on: February 22, 2019, 09:22:41 PM »
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An interesting fact is that the 2011 coins are Cu-Ni. Perhaps the request was so urgent that existing flans for Australian coins were used. In the same time RAM minted 512 000 10 seniti coins with year 1981. The metal is not shown in the RAM report but they are probably made from Ni-plated steel. At least the coin that I bought with the 2011 coins is attracted to magnet.

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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #62 on: February 22, 2019, 09:27:29 PM »
An interesting fact is that the 2011 coins are Cu-Ni.

Yes, I forgot to mention that. I imagine there are other important details that I missed, since it is such a long and involved story.

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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #63 on: February 22, 2019, 09:30:32 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.

Oh, the pettiness. Was that the same QEII who would later ride through London in a golden carriage, with Nelson Mandela seated next to her?

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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #64 on: February 22, 2019, 09:32:05 PM »
50 seniti.     Milolua: Tongan dance.
According to the Reserve Bank of Tonga the dance is performed by the king's daughter Princess Angelika Latufuipeka Tuku’aho.

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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #65 on: February 22, 2019, 09:49:14 PM »
A very interesting topic, with beautiful images. Well done, <k>!

Off topic of course, but that song doesn't sound all too bad (link) and a nice bit of history too.


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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #66 on: February 23, 2019, 03:54:06 PM »
An unusual portrait of King Tupou IV, on a FAO-themed coin from the Rome Mint, dated 1995.

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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #67 on: February 25, 2019, 02:30:40 PM »


Tonga, 1 pa'anga, 1980.  Rural Women's Advancement.



Tonga was noted for its rectangular coins, but did any of them circulate, does anybody know?