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Samoa (Western Samoa)

 

1 Tala, (1980)

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Front: Two weavers

Back: Two fishermen in canoe

 

2 Tala, (1985)

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Front: Woodcarver

Back: Hut with palms on small island

 

5 Tala, (1985)

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Front: Child writing

Back: Small port city

 

10 Tala, (1985)

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Front: Man picking bananas

Back: Shoreline landscape

 

20 Tala, (1985)

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Front: Fisherman with net

Back: Parliament building in Apia

 

Parliament building

Parliament building

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2 Tala, (1990) Polymer
Commemorates Golden Jubilee of Service of the Head of State
Susuga Malietoa Tanumafili II

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Front: Malietoa Tanumafili II (1913-2007), head of state of Samoa 1962-2007

He holds this position for life. Upon Samoa's independence in 1962, He was joint head of state with Tupua Tamasese. When the latter died in 1963, he became sole head of state. As of August 2005, Malietoa Tanumafili was the third-longest serving head of state in the world, after the King of Thailand and Queen Elizabeth II.

Back: Family scene

 

5 Tala, (2008)

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Front: Beach scene

Back: Robert Louis Stevenson's former house (current residence of head of state) in Vailima

In his later years, the world famous author Robert Louis Stevenson settled in this house in Western Samoa. He died here in 1894 and is buried nearby. This house is now the residence of the head of State of the Government of Western Samoa.

 

Robert Louis Stevenson's Home

Robert Louis Stevenson's Home

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10 Tala, (2008)

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Front: Rugby team being crowned champions at the IRB Hong Kong Sevens in 2007

Back: Samoan school children on their way to school

 

20 Tala, (2008)

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This note was chosen by the International Bank Note Society as the most attractive new issue of 2008, beating eight other banknotes nominated by IBNS members.

Front: Cascading waterfall

Back: Manumea (Tooth-billed Pigeon) and Teuila (national flower)

 

Sopoaga Waterfall, Upolu,

Sopoaga Waterfall, Upolu,

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Tooth-billed Pigeon

Tooth-billed Pigeon

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50 Tala, (2008) Hybrid Polymer

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Front: Government building at Matagialalua

Back: Central Bank of Samoa building in Apia

Courtesy Yuri Minkin

 

Central Bank of Samoa

Central Bank of Samoa

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100 Tala, (2008) Hybrid Polymer

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Front: Malietoa Tanumafili II (1913-2007), head of state of Samoa 1962-2007

Back: Mulivai Catholic Cathedral in Apia

The landmark Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral at Mulivai, built in 1884, was demolished in 2011.

Courtesy Yuri Minkin

 

Mulivai Catholic Cathedral

Mulivai Catholic Cathedral

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50 Tala, (2012) Hybrid Polymer
Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Independence

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Front: Government building at Matagialalua

Back: Central Bank of Samoa building in Apia

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Central Bank of Samoa

Central Bank of Samoa

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Samoa (Western Samoa), located in the Pacific Ocean 1600 miles northeast of New Zealand, is formerly German Samoa. New Zealand occupied the German protectorate of Western Samoa at the outbreak of World War I in 1914. It continued to administer the islands as a mandate and then as a trust territory until 1962, when the islands became the first Polynesian nation to reestablish independence in the 20th century. The country dropped the "Western" from its name in 1997. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Samoa.

 

 

 

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