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Western Samoan Gold Coins

Brief Western Samoa History
Western Samoa is, or was, a group of islands in the South Pacific, halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. It was a German protectorate until 1914. It was then occupied by New Zealand until 1962, when it became the first Polynesian nation to regain independence. There are two main islands.
In 1997, Western Samoa dropped the "Western" part of its name to become simply Samoa.
This page relates purely to coins of Western Samoa.

Western Samoan Gold Coins
Western Samoa only issued its first coins in 1967, and its first gold coins did not follow until 1976. Like the proverbial buses, you wait over 80 years for a Western Samoa gold coin, then two come along at once.
In 1967, Western Samoa issued two different 100 tala gold coins, one celebrates the bicentennial of American independence, the other commemorates the Montreal Olympic Games.

Talas and Senes
The Samoan coinage is denominated in Tala which derives from dollar and thaler, and is subdivided into sene, which also derives from the words cent and centime.

Proof Gold Coins
Technical Specifications
DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
100 Talas 19762815.5500.9170.4583
100 Talas 1981 - 287.5000.9170.2211

Prices & Availability
Please contact us prior to ordering for current prices and availability.
The prices quoted in the US $ column may be out of date due to currency fluctuations.
DateDenominationDescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
1976100 TalaBicentenary of American IndependenceProof, about FDC2,000Yes£199$390
1981100 TalaInternational Year of Disabled PersonsUncirculated250Yes£See Page$See Page
1984100 TalaOlympic GamesProof, about FDC500Yes£150$299
1990100 TalaSave the Children FundProof3,000Yes£See Page$See Page

Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Western Samoan gold coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Obverse of 1976 Western Samoa 100 Tala
Obverse of 1976 Western Samoa 100 Tala

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Reverse of 1976 Western Samoa 100 Tala
Reverse of 1976 Western Samoa 100 Tala

Save the Children on Reverse of 1990 Western Samoa 100 Tala
Save the Children on Reverse of 1990 Western Samoa 100 Tala

Obverse of 1990 Western Samoa 100 Tala
Obverse of 1990 Western Samoa 100 Tala


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