My 2 other notes were cheap as the Kina is not a tradeable currency for notes here for some reason. It is worth 40 cents our money, but the 100 Kina cost me just $15, the 50 was $25.
50 Kina, first introduced in 1989 as a result of inflation. The note was the first to show the Government house at Boroko with the carvings and high roof like a traditional treehouse.
It also shows Sir Michael Somare, a former Prime Minister and a collection of carvings, masks and wooden artefacts from around PNG.
This 100 Kina note is the highest value note currently in use and was released in 2008. This one was a commem one celebrating 35 years of the Central Bank, but was later reissued twice without the annivesary seal.
The Note is Polymer and shows again the Parliament House at Waigani, Boroko (Near Port Moresby - National Capital) and also shows shipping, produce, fishing and of course the people of the country.
Papua New Guinea has 900 languages and several hundred tribes of people. The two main groups are Papuans who live mostly inland and have roots stretching back 30k plus years. The other major group are Melanesians on the coast, whose roots go back only 2000 years but share links with Solomon Islanders, Vanuatu, Bougainville and Fiji!
Besides the 900 local languages (Only 100 are widespread), the 2 official languages are English, which is used in Governance and amongst the educated and settled people. And also Pidgin English, known as "Tok Pisin" which is used by most people including "bush" people as a lingua franca. Tok Pisin is very common and the words sound similar to English - examples
"Bigmoni kountinghaus" = Bank
"Kupti biskit" = Cookie/Biscuits
"Manwok goslo" = Road works, men working go slow.
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.