Tonga: upgraded banknotes were launched into circulation
In June 29, 2015 the National Reserve Bank of Tonga issued an upgraded family of banknotes. The six denominations - 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 pa’anga - in circulation but bear the portrait of the New King, His Majesty King Tupou VI which replaces that of his late Brother King Tupou V.
The banknotes were printed by De La Rue, the largest security printing company. They have the same rich colors and similar security features. The lower denominations - 2, 5, 10, 20 – have a colour changing StarChrome® thread on each banknote and two highest denominations - 50 and 100 pa’anga - were printed with Optiks™ security thread (huge transparent window tread).
The new and old notes will co-circulate for a period of time until the older notes are withdrawn from circulation in December 31, 2015.