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1968 Tonga Seniti coin pendant Tortoise Turtle Tu'i Malila Tongan Tongatapu Melanesian western Oceania Nukuʻalofa necklace n000060

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Tonga 1 Seniti {1967-1968} 6S 

Salote Tupou III or Taufa'ahau Tupou IV

front: Tu'i Malila, a Radiated Tortoise (Geochelone radiata) given to the Tongan Royal Family by Captain Cook in 1777. Died in 1965.

It is the longest-lived tortoise whose age has been verified.

Tu'i Malila remained in their care until death on 19 May 1965 due to natural causes. The tortoise was estimated to be 188 years old at this time. During Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Tour of Tonga in 1953, Tu'i Malila was one of the first animals shown to the monarch on her official visit to the island nation.

Lettering: 1 SENITI

back: Profile of Queen Salote Tupou III or of king Taufa'ahau Tupou IV depending on year, 1967 or 1968


• quantity 1
• polished Bronze coin
• diameter: 17.5 mm
• weight: 1.85 g

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