King Tupou VI is the current King of Tonga. He was born in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, on 12 July 1959 as the third son and youngest child of King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV. Though he was the third son, his oldest brother, King George Tupou V, was a bachelor who did not have an heir, and his other brother died of a heart attack.

Image of King Tupou VI Current King of Tonga | Source: Wikipedia

He was officially appointed as the heir presumptive to the Throne of Tonga by his brother on 27 September 2006. Prior to being the king, he was the 13th Prime Minister of Tonga from 2000 to 2006, Tonga’s first High Commissioner to Australia from 2008 to 2012, and the Ambassador to Japan from 2010 to 2012. After his brother, King George Tupou V, died in 2012, he became the ruler of Tonga, with the regnal name Tupou VI. He was officially coronated on 4 July 2015.    

King Tupou VI During His Coronation | Source: Wikipedia

The banknotes in circulation before the coronation of King Tupou VI featured his brother, Tupou V. Tonga 10 Paanga, 2019 ND obverse features King George Tupou V and the coat of arms of the country. The back of the note depicts the royal tomb and a medallion.

Tonga 10 Pa’anga | 2009 ND | Ft. Tupou V | Source: Banknote World

The National Reserve Bank introduced a new family of banknotes in June 2015 to commemorate the coronation of King Tupou VI. The notes had upgraded security features and the portrait of him. The notes included in the family are the 2 pa’anga, 5 pa’anga, 10 pa’anga, 20 pa’anga, 50 pa’anga, and 100 pa’anga.  

Tonga 2 Pa’anga | 2015 ND | Ft. Tupou VI | Source: Banknote World

The 2 pa’anga note is a light red banknote issued in 2015. It is the smallest denomination shown on Tongan banknotes. Its obverse side features his portrait and the national coat of arms. Its reverse side depicts a whale leaping out of the water and a medallion. It is the only note that features an animal instead of a landmark.

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