Visit with us as we take a look at a banknote from Samoa. Samoa is located in the South Pacific Ocean. It is said to be the “Cradle of Polynesia.” The island chain is a tropical paradise, and has a rich culture filled with dance, music and art.

This week’s banknote is Samoa’s 20 Tala p40c. It is a paper note with English and Samoan text. On the front of the note is Sinaloa Waterfall.  The back of the note displays the national bird, Manumea, the national flower, Teuila, and coat of arms. The watermark for this note is Malietoa Tanumafili II and electrotype CBS with cornerstones.

Located on the largest Samoan island, Savai’i, the Sinaloa Waterfall is part of the Vanu River. The waterfall is the tallest in Samoa and drops around 200 meters. In comparison, the tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela which drops over 800 meters. While the popular tourist spot, Niagara Falls located in Canada and America drops about 51 meters. The Sinaloa Waterfall is located in a rainforest and for many it is difficult to reach.  

Manumea is also called the Tooth-billed Pigeon or the Samoan Dodo. As one of the names implies, the Manumea is genetically close to the extinct bird known as the dodo. It is the national bird of Samoa and is currently listed as endangered. The Manumea can be seen on both the 20 Tala banknote and on the 50 Sene coin.

Teuila is otherwise known as the Red Ginger flower. This flower symbolizes fiery passion. Teuila is the national flower of Samoa, and is the center of the Teuila Festival. This is a week-long festival that is held every year to celebrate Samoan and Polynesian culture.

Malietoa Tanumafili II was chosen as Malietoa in 1940 after his father’s death in 1939. Malietoa is a title given to one of Samoa’s four Paramount Chiefs which are the highest-ranking political leaders in a region. Additionally, Malietoa Tanumafili II served as O le Ao o le Malo, head of state of Samoa. He held both of these positions until his death in 2007. He was 94 years. After his passing, his eldest son, Fa’amausili Moli became the next Malietoa.

The 20 Tala is an eye-catching yellow banknote. It displays some of the wonders Samoa has to offer. This 20 Tala banknote is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time. The current price for this note is $20.25, but it is subject to change. To see more about this note or other notes like it, head to our website.

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Country: Samoa
Denomination: 20 Tala
Pick #: 40c
Banknote Book #: 115c
Year: 2017
Grade: UNC
Other Info: Banknote of the Year 2008
Coloration: Yellow
Depictions: Sinaloa Waterfall; Manumea; Teuila
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4 “
Continent: Australia and the South Pacific
Watermark: Malietoa Tanumafili II