Tonga introduces new series

From a press release on the website of De la Rue: 

The National Reserve Bank of Tonga is launching an upgraded family of six banknotes that have been printed by De La Rue.  The notes bear the portrait of the new King and are issued to mark the coronation of His Majesty King Tupou VI.

Monday 29 June 2015: the National Reserve Bank of Tonga is today launching an upgraded family of banknotes into circulation. The 6 denominations are similar to the existing notes in circulation but bear the portrait of His Majesty King Tupou VI which replaces that of his late Brother King Tupou V. 

The 6 denominations – 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pa’anga – have similar security features to the existing notes, with De La Rue’s award winning Optiks™ security thread on the 2 top value 50 and 100 pa’anga and colour changing StarChrome® on the lower denominations.  The new and old notes will co-circulate for a period of time until the older notes are withdrawn from circulation at the end of the year.

Commenting on the announcement, Governor of the National Reserve Bank Dr Sione Ngongo Kioa said "We are proud that the upgraded banknotes bear a portrait of our new King Tupou VI and wish to thank De La Rue for their assistance in bringing these new banknotes to launch".

Ruth Euling, De La Rue’s Global Sales Account Director said "Our relationship with Tonga dates back to 1921 and we are therefore honoured to have continued to work with this valued customer on this upgraded family of banknotes". 

Denominations   Obverse Theme Colour
$100 King Tupou VI's image Vava'u Harbour Cherry red and white
$50 King Tupou VI's image Royal Palace Light green and yellow
$20 King Tupou VI's image NRBT Building Brown
$10 King Tupou VI's image Royal Tomb Blue
$5 King Tupou VI's image Ancient 'Otu Langi Purple
$2 King Tupou VI's image Whale Watching Light Red


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Steven Woensdag 01 Juli 2015 at 7:00 pm | | news
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