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The Prince of Wales' Feathers on Reverse of 1981 Tuvalu Crown
The Prince of Wales' Feathers on Reverse of 1981 Tuvalu Crown


Obverse of 1993 Tuvalu $20 Silver Proof
Obverse of 1993 Tuvalu $20 Silver Proof

Queen Being Crowned on Reverse of 1993 Tuvalu $20 Silver Proof
Queen Being Crowned on Reverse of 1993 Tuvalu $20 Silver Proof

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". This possibly explains why the natives used to wear few clothes, as they would require an extra 991 islands to form 1,000 islands dressing. Perhaps they could market "nine islands dressing" instead!

Tuvalu Coins
The $10 coin shown is a silver proof to commemorate the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, and rarely for any coin bears the portrait of H.R.H. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh on the reverse. The inscription on the reverse reads

Star Trek Bullion Coins

In 2016, Tuvalu issued a one ounce silver bullion Star Trek coin. The coins were made by the Perth Mint on behalf of the small country. Find out more here.

Tuvalu 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
We usually have in stock at least a few Tuvalu coins. The mintage figures tend to be quite low, although perhaps this is to expected.

Coin Specifications
1 Dollar40.6031.10350.9991.0
5 Dollars38.6128.280.9250.8411
10 Dollars (1981) Proof42350.9251.0409
10 Dollars (1981) Uncirculated42350.5000.5627
20 Dollars38.6128.280.9250.8411

Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Silver = Actual fine silver content in troy ounces.

Tuvalu Coins For Sale
DateDenominationDescriptionMintageGradeAvailabilityPrice £Price $
19765 DollarsOutrigger Canoe20,000Proof, about FDCYes£15$28
198110 DollarsPrince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh3,000Proof, about FDCYes£20$37
19815 DollarsRoyal Wedding of Charles & Diana30,000Silver ProofYes£20$37
199320 Dollars40th Anniversary of the Coronation10,000Silver ProofYes£25$50
20081 DollarFighter Planes of World War II1,500Silver ProofSee PageSee PageSee Page
20091 Dollar50th Anniversary of Barbie20,000Silver ProofSee PageSee PageSee Page
20091 DollarBattle of Hastings5,000Silver ProofSee PageSee PageSee Page
20101 DollarGreat Warrior Series Silver ProofSee PageSee PageSee Page
20121 DollarDragon Baby Keepsake10,000Aluminium BronzeSee PageSee PageSee Page

Mintage = Quantity issued, where known, otherwise issue limit.
Avail = Availability

Tuvalu Coin Sets
We have listed these on their own page.

Gold Coins
For gold coins from Tuvalu, please see our Tax Free Gold website, particularly the Tuvalu gold coins page.
In 2005, Tuvalu introduced an attractive range of gold bullion coins with an owl design.

Postage & Packing:
UK: At buyer's Risk £3.50 or
Fully Insured £9 (Usually by Royal Mail Special Delivery)
USA: Airmail at buyer's risk $10 or
Fully Insured $20
For further details, please see our Postage & Packing page.

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Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Tuvalu (should that be Tuvaluvian?) coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

If you want to find the value of a coin you own, please take a look at our page I've Found An Old Coin, What's It Worth?

If you have an enquiry about any of our Silver Coins,, we'd be happy to answer you, but please note it may be quicker to telephone us. Please see the Contact Us page of our website. the Lowest Possible Price

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