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1974 Tonga Seniti coin pendant Tongan Tortoise Turtle Tu'i Malila necklace Tongatapu Polynesian western Oceania Nukuʻalofa jewelry n001806

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1974 Tonga 1 Seniti ~ Taufa'ahau Tupou IV FEATURING front: Tu'i Malila, was a Radiated Tortoise (Geochelone radiata) from Madagascar 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: Effigy of king Taufa'ahau Tupou IV facing right, date below Lettering: TAUFA'AHAU TUPOU IV 1974 • quantity 1 • polished Brass coin • diameter: 17.5 mm • weight: 1.7 g ***Choose from drop down menu *** {2 mm thick cords} 22" dark brown necklace 24" brass ball chain 2-1/2" brass snake keychain with snap end {see last photo} ***If you need a different length black cotton necklace message me***

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