Even though it has been almost six years since their release I wanted to take the time to do a write up about Samoa’s beautiful currency. In August 2008 Samoa’s bank issues new currency, which was much different than years before. The new notes were bright and colorful beautifully crafted to depict Samoa and the attributes of the area.

The Samoan 5 Tala bank note is multi-colored with shades of reds, pinks, and purples. The front side of the bank note features the nation’s beautiful well-known sandy beaches. The reverse side of the bank note portrays the Vailima residence of world renowned Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson (who wrote famous works like: Treasure Island and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). His influence spread to the Samoans, who consulted him for advice, and he soon became involved in local politics and upon moving to Samoa he took the native name Tusitala which is Samoan for “Teller of Tales” (a storyteller). The Vailima was where Stevenson passed away in 1894 at 44 (while opening a bottle of wine- interesting side note). I think it is truly an amazing thing that the Samoans chose to honor Stevenson by depicting his former residence on the back of their currency.

5 Tala
5 Tala

The Samoan 10 Tala bank note is light blue, green, and multi-colored. The bank note commemorates Sports and Education in the Independent State of Samoa. The front of the note features Samoa’s rugby sevens team’s triumphant victory being crowned champions at the IRB Hong Kong Sevens in 2007, beating out twenty-three other teams. The reverse side of the bank note features Samoan school children giggling and talking on their way to school.

10 Tala
10 Tala

The Samoan 20 Tala bank note is yellow, orange, multi-colored. The bank note depicts Samoa’s magnificent natural environment, with the front side of the bank note featuring a beautiful picturesque waterfall. The reverse side of the bank note features the nation’s national bird, the Manumea with Samoa’s national flower, the Teuila behind him. These images portray the diversity and beauty and uniqueness of Samoa’s natural environment. There is no doubt that this is a magnificent and eye capturing note, in fact The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) named this note as the 2008 Banknote of the Year.

20 Tala
20 Tala

The Samoan 50 Tala bank note is a purple multi-colored note. This bank note depicts political and economic maturity and stability. The front side of the bank note features the Government complex at Matagialalua, a symbol of the maturity of solidarity of Samoa’s public administration and governance system. The reverse side of the bank note features the Central Bank of Samoa, the nation’s institution in charge of monetary policy and the supervision of financial institutions in the country.

50 Tala
50 Tala

All four of these notes are so beautiful and showcase Samoa so clearly. I love the geographical shapes around the note as well as all the bright colors that bursts throughout the series of notes. I know that the 20 Tala has been highlighted regularly after being named banknote of the year, however I also wanted to quickly showcase the other notes surrounding the 20 Tala. I hope you think these notes are as beautiful and interesting as I do.

Thanks for reading if you have any questions let us know, if you’re interested in any of the notes you can click the link and you will be directed to my website where you can see more information about them!

Four note set
Four note set
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