1 Seniti, Issued by Tonga, 1967
Mint not recorded

Obverse Description

Head of the queen wearing necklass facing right, around, SALOTE TUPOU III 1967

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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