While they may look like it when they have little wear, these large coins from the African state of Tonga are not made of silver but copper-nickel. There is also an official gilt version, i.e. an issue of the coin plated with an extremely thin layer of gold to make it look prettier.
These coins are very modern, and though their mintage is quite low, the collector value has not started to pick up yet.
Approximate catalog values are listed below:
worn: less than $1 US dollars
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $2
fully uncirculated: $4
worn: less than $1
average circulated: less than $1
well preserved: $1
fully uncirculated: $8
Great eye appeal is important for these coins. They are large and prone to nicks and scratches in important locations. An otherwise fine looking coin with a large scratch across Queen Sālote Tupou III's cheek will have its value drastically reduced. When it comes to modern coins, collectors want nice presentation pieces, not album fillers!
Check out our Important Terminology page on the top left - it offers instructions on how to convert catalog values into actual buy and sales values.
, Genre: Modern-only
Requested by: Melville, Sun, 29-Dec-2013 10:54:49 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 31-Dec-2013 16:05:53 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 27-Dec-2015 23:26:25 GMT
Requester description: 1967 Front-Face of a middle aged lady looking to the right , wearing 2 neck chains, above her face written 'SALOTE TUPOU III' and below her face the year '1967'. Rear- Court of arms with a cross shape enclosed in star in the middle,2 flags with the cross shape at the top also a crown surrounded by 2 ferns as part of the coat of arms. '50 SENITI' above the coat of arms and 'TONGA' below it. The coin also has two small nicks on the circumference.
Tags: tonga 50 seniti lady woman 2 neck chains chain salote tupou iii year court arms shield cross star flags flag crown ferns fern part coat two nicks nicholas circumference circle femal women female feminine fem womans females womens ladys princess ladies sheild coats shiled crests chevrons shild escucheon insignia arm crested crest chevron creast shields escutcheon starrs stars colours blanket banner colors banners bannered crowned tiara crowns tiarra crowning tiera parts nick nicol nicolas nicolai nichol circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed wreath scroll scrollwork starburst wreathed rief reif reef wreathe wreat garland wreth wreah wreaths scrolwork scolled scrolls scrolled burst
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