Samoan Tala Currency | Samoa Tala Notes Coins
The tala is the official currency of Samoa. It is subdivided into 100 sene. The words tala and sene are transliterations of the English terms Dollar and cent. On 10 July 1967, tala was introduced, following the Samoa’s independence from New Zealand in 1962. Until that time Samoa had used the pound and in 1967, the Samoan tala replaced the pound at a rate of 2 Samoa Tala = 1 Pound. This made the tala equivalent to the New Zealand dollar. The Samoan currency is issued and regulated by the Central Bank of Samoa.
In 1967, Coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 50 sene and $. In 2011, the 1, 2 and 5 sene coins were withdrawn from circulation and new series of coins also introduced with small changes to reflect more modern currency. New series of coins include 10, 20, and 50 sene and $1 tala, $2 tala. In 1967, Tala banknotes were first issued in the denominations of 1, 5, and 10 tala by the "Bank of Western Samoa." When the Monetary Board of Samoa took over paper money issuance in 1980, Samoan Tala 5 notes were introduced. In 1990, 1-Tala notes were discontinued in circulation and new denominations of 50- and 100-tala were introduced. A 2-tala note was issued on 29 September 1991, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of head of state Malietoa Tanumafili II. With brighter colours, new security features, and modern designs a new series of notes were introduced in 2008 in denominations of 5-100 tala produced by De La Rue. 50 and 100 tala are the two highest denomination notes which are protected with De La Rue's Optiks security thread which features a see-through window.
Samoan Tala (Samoa):
Symbol: WS$ (sometimes SAT, ST or T)
1/100 = sene
2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 tālā
10, 20, 50 sene, 1 and 2 tālā
Central Bank of Samoa