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Offline stef

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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #60 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 #61 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 #62 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 #63 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 #64 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 #65 on: May 27, 2019, 09:57:50 PM »
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Re: Coinage of Tonga
« Reply #66 on: December 24, 2020, 12:29:54 AM »
In 2019 Tonga issued new 2018-dated 5 and 10 seniti coins.

Apparently elderly Tongans found it difficult to read the small numerals that indicated the denomination.

The Royal Australian Mint therefore changed the position of the numerals and also made them larger, so that they were more prominent.

The pictorial elements of the designs were made somewhat smaller.
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« Reply #67 on: December 24, 2020, 12:40:32 AM »
Does anybody know whether these two coins were also a different size from the previous versions?
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