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Offline Stef

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Tonga - new design, 5 and 10 seniti
« on: May 12, 2019, 07:23:55 PM »
From the public notice of the Reserve Bank of Tonga:

In accordance with Cluse 45 of the Constitution of Tonga and Section 25 of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga Act, the Bank made changes to Tonga’s current 5 & 10 seniti circulating coins to be easily identified by the public for their everyday cash transactions.

Changes of design includes the following:

a. Enlarging the numerals “5”& “10” and reducing the size of the Heilala flower and Malau bird on the reverse side or back of coin; and
b. Date of issue to read “2018” on the front side of the coin.

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Re: Tonga - new design, 5 and 10 seniti
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2019, 07:31:49 PM »
I liked the previous designs better.

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Re: Tonga - new design, 5 and 10 seniti
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2019, 07:54:30 PM »


So we can compare old and new.

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Re: Tonga - new design, 5 and 10 seniti
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2019, 06:53:07 AM »
Have they made coins smaller too?

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Re: Tonga - new design, 5 and 10 seniti
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2019, 02:53:19 PM »
No change in size or alloy.
I wonder what was the need for change?

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Re: Tonga - new design, 5 and 10 seniti
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2019, 05:24:20 PM »
Mintages as per RAM Annual Report 2018-2019:

5 seniti - 2.042.000
10 seniti - 649.000

Source:

https://www.ramint.gov.au/sites/default/files/annual_report_2018-19.pdf

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Re: Tonga - new design, 5 and 10 seniti
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2019, 08:08:43 PM »
I wonder what was the need for change?

The annual report you referred to also offers the answer to this question. The pieces were redesigned so that elderly Tongans could better read these small denominations.