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Tonga - 10 Pa'anga P28b ND1992 - 1995

Kingdom of Tonga

National Reserve Bank of Tonga

This series comprises of four notes, 1, 2, 5 and 10 Pa'anga, circulating between 1992 to 1995. This series was first issued under the banner of National Reserve Bank of Tonga (NRBT). NRBT was established on 01.07.1989. Prior to this, all banknotes were issued under the name of Government of Tonga.

The currency of Pa'anga was first adopted on 03.04.1697. Before this, the Tongan currency was called Pound. In Tongan, Pa'anga is a kind of seedpod.

Ten Pa'anga
ND1992, P28b

Vanuatu - 2017 Issues 500 and 5000 Vatu Polymer Uncut Sheet of 2-In-1

Ripablik blong Vanuatu
Republic of Vanuatu
République de Vanuatu

Reverse Bank of Vanuatu

These are two polymer notes of 500 and 5000 Vatu 2-in-1 uncut sheet issued on 27.10.2017 and 28.07.2017 respectively. As per previous polymer series tradition, these are the final of the two uncut sheets of the series first issued in 2010 (10000 Vatu 30th Year of Independence Commemorative).

Governor: Semion Malachi Athy (appointed 11.10.2013);

Minister of Finance: Gaetan Pikioune (appointed 11.02.2016)

Five Hundred Vatu
Five Thousand Vatu

Solomon Islands - $5 ND2019 Polymer Note

Solomon Islands

Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI)

This is the latest $5 polymer note first announced by CBSI on 10.04.2019 at the Currency Conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The theme for this new note is creating a sustainable and responsible and responsible fishing industry to provide long-term economic security for the country, as well as the importance of community and social cohesion. This note was released on 02.05.2019 in conjunction with the United Nations World Tuna Day. This World Tuna day was established by the UN to raise awareness about the importance of tuna and to promote more sustainable fishing practices and was first observed in 2017.

Solomon Islands current series of banknotes started in 2013 when the first $50 Hybrid note was issued and then followed by the $100 note in 2015, which is also a Hybrid note. In 2017, it released the $10 and $20 paper based notes. Up to now all notes, including the $40 polymer commemorative note issued in 2018 were printed by De La Rue, traditionally, the main printing partner of the Solomon Islands.

This new polymer note is the last of the banknote series and is printed by NPA. This is in deed a big win for NPA and is also the second time that NPA has won this right to print banknotes for Solomon Islands. The first time was the 2001 $2 commemorative polymer note celebrating the Silver Jubilee of Central Bank of Solomon Islands. I believe that since 2012/2013 the CBSI has creased issuing the $2 notes.

Despite this note is printed by NPA, CBSI maintains it's traditional numbering system by having the first prefix as A/1 instead of NPA style of AA19 (alphabet & year format). The only time they did that was the $2 polymer ND2001, which was printed with the first prefix of AA01 and not A/1.
This is the third polymer banknote issued and Solomon Islands is one of the few nations that have current circulating banknotes printed on polymer ($5), paper ($10 & $20) and hybrid ($50 & $100) materials.

Front: yellowfin tuna facing a traditional fishing hook signaling the importance of sustainability. Both features are printed on a see-through feature, Coat of Arms of Solomon Islands in the middle;
Back: a traditional spearfishing scene by group of people which highlights the need to preserve and promote community activity. This spearfishing scene on the back is the same design on the back of the last $2 paper banknote.

The current series of Solomon Islands notes all depict scenes of local traditional daily life, natural wild life (SI$50), things that are culturally important to the islanders with each note pertaining to a particular theme on the back of the note.

Governor - Denton Hehenoro Rarawa
Secretary, Ministry of Finance - Harry Kuma

Five Dollars
The first prefix for this new note is A/1. As this new $5 polymer note is printed by NPA, it is unlikely any replacement notes have been printed. NPA has the habit of not printing polymer replacement note, thus hunting for the last prefix note is more interesting than looking for those more recognisable prefixes of say X/1 or ZZ etc. This is also the only denomination in the current series that does not have replacement prefixes printed.

I have also posted this note in my Commemorative banknotes site to celebrate the United Nations World Tuna Day.

Samoa - T$10 XVI Pacific Games 2019 from 07.07.2019 - 20.07.2019

Malo Saʻoloto Tutoʻatasi o Sāmoa
Independent State of Samoa

Central Bank of Samoa

This is a ten tala polymer note issued on 24.06.2019 celebrating the XVI Pacific Game held in Apai Samoa between 07.07.2019 to 20.07.2019. This event comprises of 26 sports* with 23 Pacific Game Association member countries and territories including Australia and New Zealand. About 3,500 athletes participated in these games.

This event was originally awarded to Nuku'alofa Tonga in 2012 but later withdrew on 15.05.2017 amid concerning the country could face economic difficulties if it had proceeded. Following Tonga's withdrawal, three pacific nations submitted their bids, namely Guam, Samoa and French Polynesia (Tahiti), with Apai Samoa as the winner.

The Pacific Games (previously known as the South Pacific Games) first started in 1963 and occur every 4 years. Suva Fiji held the first game with 10 games and only 13 nations participated (without Australia or New Zealand). This is the 6th tournament under the new name since 1999.

Governor - Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari

This is the first time Samoa had held this game since 2007 and the third time since it's inception. Samoa first hosted this tournament in 1983 and then in 2007.

The motto for this tournament is One in Spirit or Tasi I le Agaga in Samoan. The design of the note depicts the stories of daily life and the realisation of their sporting dreams. The note is also printed with the special prefix, PG/XVI denoting "XVI Pacific Game". The game logo is printed on the see-through window.

The next Pacific Games will be held in Honiara in Solomon Islands. The last tournament was held in Papua New Guinea in 2015 and a 10 kina polymer was issued to celebrate this events. Prior to that Papua New Guinea also held this tournament in 1991 (2 kina polymer) and also issued a 5 kina commemorative paper note for this tournament in 2007. To date only Papua New Guinea and Samoa have issued such notes to commemorate the Pacific games.

Ten Tala
Dated 2019
Ten Tala
Replacement Prefix
* the 22 sports are: -
Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Football, Golf, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Outrigger Canoeing, Power Lifting, Rugby League Nines, Rugby Sevens, Sailing, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball and Weightlifting.

New Caledonia won the most medals with 76 gold, 55 silver and 51 bronze (total 182), followed by Papua New Guinea 38/57/35 (130) and Samoa 38/42/45 (125). Every nation participated won at least one medal, and Tokelau as the winner of the wooden spoon with one bronze.