Contracts to strike coinage for tiny islands can be very lucrative
for those far-flung outposts.
According to an April 2 news release from the government of Tokelau,
sales of coins and stamps have helped the island generate more than
$70,000 in New Zealand dollars (or $53,202 U.S.) in the current fiscal year.
That figure is slightly more than expected, according to Lise
Suveinakama, coordinator of the programs.
Tokelau’s current commemorative coins and stamps program was
launched “five or six years ago,” according to the government, and
sales each year continue to rise.
“The programmes are in slow progress but are improving especially
for the coins. It is receiving more than it did many, many years ago,”
An Australian company, Treasures of Oz Pty Ltd., manages the
commemorative coins, which are often sold through exclusive
distributors like Modern Coin Mart in the United States. Coin
Invest Trust has also issued coins for Tokelau in recent years.
The Tokelau Stamps Program is being managed by New Zealand
Post. Both programs operate under management agreements with the
Government of Tokelau.
All commemorative legal coin designs approved are with consent of
Queen Elizabeth II.
For those collectors who encounter non-circulating legal tender
coins from Tokelau and wonder where it is located, Tokelau is a
territory of New Zealand in the South Pacific Ocean.
The territory consists of three tropical coral atolls with a
combined land area of 12 square kilometers that support a population
of approximately 1,300 people, according to the World Factbook.
Among recent coin issues for Tokelau is the Tokelau Year of the Goat
commemorative coin. The Proof 1-ounce pure silver $5 coin shows a
mother and kid on the reverse, with the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II and the nation’s coat of arms on the obverse.
Numerous versions were issued, Proof with color, antique finish,
matte Proof and Reverse Proof. Brilliant Uncirculated bullion versions
were also issued.
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