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Coin - 1 Seniti, Tonga, 1968 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 9818

Summary:
1 Seniti, Issued by Tonga, 1968
Mint not recorded
Statement Of Significance:
"The oldest tortoise ever recorded, and one of the oldest individual animals ever recorded, was Tu'i Malila, which was presented to the Tongan royal family by the British explorer Captain Cook shortly after its birth in 1777. Tui Malila remained in the care of the Tongan royal family until its death by natural causes on May 19, 1965. This means that upon its death, Tui Malila was 188 years old." Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortoise
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John Sharples - Museum Victoria, 1984
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 17.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.60 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british commonwealth coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Tonga
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1968 AD
Denomination: 1 Seniti
Obverse Description: Draped bust of the king facing 3/4 rioght; around, TAUFA'AHUA TUPOU IV 1968
Reverse Description: The Giant Tortoise called Tu'i Malila advancing to left; around below, 1 SENITI
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Tonga, 1968
References: KM#27
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009

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