1 Seniti, Issued by Tonga, 1968
Mint not recorded

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



"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:

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