Obverse: 1999 VANUATU RIPABLIK BLONG - National Seal (Islander with a Spear).
Reverse: 1 VATU - a CONCH Sea Shell.
Composition: Nickel & Brass
Measures: 18mm in diameter
Condition: Very Bright and Shiny!
The words on this coin, "VANUATA RIPABLIK BLONG", are from the Bislama language, and they mean "Republic Belongs to Vanuatu".
Vanuata was previously known as The New Hebrides. The Republic of Vanuatu gained it's independence from France in July, 1980. Vanuatu is a chain of islands located in the South Pacific, 500 miles west of Fiji.
The TV Show "SURVIVOR" - "VANUATU - ISLANDS OF FIRE" was filmed there in 2004.
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