This week we are taking a look at a beautiful note from Papua New Guinea. 20 Kina p36 2008 note is a red-brown color and makes you wish you were on a tropical holiday. The front of the note displays BPNG 35th Anniversary Logo, coat of arms, and the National Parliament building in Port Moresby. The back of the note features a boar’s head, toea (cowrie shell) necklace from Madang, toa armband from Central Province, shell ornament for Western Province, and tapa cloth patterns.
Papua New Guinea is an island country in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Just above Australia, Papua New Guinea is the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands. The island gained full independence from Australia in 1975. Papua New Guinea has a population of about 8.9 million. This small tropical nation boasts rainforests, volcanoes, beautiful beaches, and large coral reefs. A single reef in Papua New Guinea has double the amount of coral and fish species than in the whole Caribbean. An additional fun fact about Papua New Guinea is it has the most active volcanoes in the South West Pacific with 94 active volcanoes.
As mentioned above, the front of the note shows Papua New Guinea’s coat of arms. This coat of arms has been used since 1971. The coat of arms depicts a Bird-of-Paradise with its wings spread and head turned to the side. Just below the bird is a Kundu drum and a ceremonial spear on its side. The coat of arms was designed by artist Hal Holman who was also involved in the design of the flag.
This lovely note has English text and displays wonderful cultural items found around Papua New Guinea. The 20 Kina note is our current featured note and is offered at a discounted price for a limited time.
Country: Papua New Guinea
Denomination: 20 Kina
Pick #: 36
Other Info: 35th Bank anniversary
Depictions: Parliament House; Stylized Bird Crest; Overstamp Bank 35th Anniversary seal; Boars Head
Note Size: 6″ x 3″
Continent: Australia and the South Pacific
Watermark: Bird of Paradise Crest