|Coin||One Dollar 2018 Happy Diwali|
The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.
The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the one dollar denomination, and have the same specifications that the mint uses for its large non-circulating Australian dollar range; these are larger than the normal circulating dollar coins.
This coin was issued to celebrate the Diwali Festival in 2018. The Mint says about it:
This vividly coloured postal numismatic coin cover captures the essence of the ancient "festival of lights" Diwali, which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists around the world. During the jubilant festivities Ganesha is worshipped as the deity of intellect and remover of obstacles to welcome wisdom along with wealth. Ganesha is typically portrayed with the head of an elephant, a rotund belly and four arms. He is often depicted holding an axe to cut down ignorance and a lotus flower, the symbol of enlightenment, with a rat or mouse at his feet.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 DOLLAR TUVALU 2018.
The reverse of the coin features a coloured representation of Ganesha holding a lotus flower and an axe, a mouse at his feet. Behind, a stylised lotus flower.
The design includes the inscription happy diwali (divided by the figure of the god), and the Perth Mint’s traditional P mint mark below right.
The designer's initials JM (for Jennifer McKenna) are on the lotus above right.
Issued in PNC with two official Australia Post $1.00 stamps, one depicting the goddess Lakshmi and another brightly coloured balloons, postmarked for the first day of issue. The envelope includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity.
Perth Mint SKU: 18E19AAA
Issue price: AU$ 17.95, US$ 12.86
Coins and medals issued by the Perth Mint to celebrate Diwali include:
- 1 g Gold, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2017
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2019
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2020
- 1 oz Silver Coloured Diwali Medallion, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Gilded Diwali Medallion, 2022
- $1 Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2017
- $1 Coloured, Happy Diwali, Tuvalu 2018