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Official Name: Kingdom of Tonga (part)
Alternate Names: Tin Can Island
Monetary Units: Tongan pound (Tú). Pa'anga (T$) replaced the Tongan pound on April 3, 1967. 1 pa'anga (T$) = 100 seniti. The pa'anga was pegged at par to the Australian dollar through February 8, 1991, but beginning February 11, 1991, it has been linked to a weighted basket of foreign currencies
Location: South Pacific Ocean; east of the Fiji Islands; about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand; one of the northern-most islands which compose the Kingdom of Tonga.
History: For many years, mail to and from Niuafo'ou was sealed in metal biscuit tins and thrown into the ocean where it was exchanged with passing ships. This is the source of the alternate name "Tin Can Island."
Mineral Resources: None.

Niuafo'ou Scott 111A
Scott 111A
13 shillings
3 May 1993

Rough and faceted diamonds.
Illustration of volcano and diamond pipe. Philatelic Mineralogy Copyright © 1997-2010 by Richard Busch