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Tuvalu Gold Coins

Brief Tuvalu History
The islands were discovered in 1764 by John Byron. formerly known as the Lagoon Islands or the Ellice Islands, the islands comprising Tuvalu have been fully independent since October 1st 1978. The motto on Tuvalu's coat of arms is TUVALU MO TE ATUA. For many years they were part of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, but there were continuing problems over racial and linguistic differences, and the Ellice Islands became Tuvalu in October 1975. Tuvalu means "nine islands".

Tuvalu Gold Coins
Tuvalu issued its own coins for the first time only in 1976. Unlike many small countries, Tuvalu does issue coins for circulation, and not just commemoratives, even though its population is only about 9,000

Gold Bullion Owls
It has also issued a number of gold coins, and in 2005 it also issued its first gold bullion coins, featuring the Australian Barking Owl. These have their own separate page on this site, where we show their specifications, and a price indication.

The obverse portrays the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content

Notes on Table
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Fineness = purity of gold alloy.
Gold Content = Actual gold content in troy ounces.

Prices & Availability
The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
DateDenominationDescriptionIssue LimitMintageGradeAvailabilityPrice £Price $
1993$10040th Anniversary of the Coronation, Proof, Boxed & Certificate5,000 FDCYes£155$Ask
1997$20Diana Princess Of Wales Tuvalu Gold Proof $205,000 FDCYes£155$Ask

Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Tuvalu Silver and Base Metal Coins
For silver and base metal coins of Tuvalu, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Obverse of 2005 Tuvalu $50
Obverse of 2005 Tuvalu $50

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Reverse of 2005 Tuvalu $50
Reverse of 2005 Tuvalu $50


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