• 5 Kina 1975-1980, KM# 7, Papua New Guinea, Elizabeth II
  • 5 Kina 1975-1980, KM# 7, Papua New Guinea, Elizabeth II
Description

Papua New Guinea is an Oceanian country that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a region of the southwestern Pacific Ocean north of Australia. Its capital, located along its southeastern coast, is Port Moresby. The western half of New Guinea forms the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.

At the national level, after being ruled by three external powers since 1884, Papua New Guinea established its sovereignty in 1975. This followed nearly 60 years of Australian administration, which started during World War I. It became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1975 with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations in its own right.

The kina is the currency of Papua New Guinea. It is divided into 100 toea.

Obverse

Depicts the national emblem of Papua New Guinea, the state name above, date and mintmark (if any) below.

The national emblem of Papua New Guinea consists of a bird-of-paradise over a traditional spear and a kundu drum. Designed by Hal Holman, an Australian artist working for the Papuan government, Holman was also involved in the design of the National flag. Both the emblem and the flag was accepted by the House of Assembly of Papua and New Guinea and signed into law as the National Identity Ordinance by the Administrator Sir Leslie Johnson on 24 June 1971.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA
FM
1978

Reverse

Depicts a Papuan eagle, value on the left.

The Papuan eagle (Harpyopsis novaeguineae) also known as the Papuan harpy eagle, New Guinea eagle, or Kapul eagle, is a large (length 75–90 cm, wingspan 157 cm, weight 1600–2400 g) greyish brown raptor with a short full crest, broad three-banded wings, powerful beak, large iris, long rounded tail and white underparts. It has long and powerful unfeathered legs with sharp claws. The sexes are similar, and the female is slightly larger than the male.

The Papuan eagle is endemic to undisturbed tropical rainforests of New Guinea, where it became the top predator of the island after the extinction of local giant monitor lizards and possibly Thylacoleo.

K5

Edge
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 25.7 g
Diameter 40 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Franklin Mint (FM)

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