TONGA 1963 (MNH) GOLD COINAGE COMMEMORATION, DIE I
Gold Coinage Commemoration small and medium size designs with die I embossing (9 items). Fresh and fine. Mint never hinged. SG129-137; SC128-133/C1-C3
Note: there are numerous differences between die I and die II gold embossed stamps. Just the most obvious differences are listed below to assist identification.
Small format Coat of Arms – 1d, 6d, 1s 6d
Die I flag pole tip close to first 'R' of 'QUARTER'
Die II flag pole tip away from first 'R' of 'QUARTER'
Die I has slightly curved lower stroke of '9' from '1962' year
Die II has significantly curved lower stroke of '9' from '1962' year
Medium format Coat of Arms – 11d
Die I has left leaf under crown away from crown
Die II has left leaf under crown close to crown
Queen Salote standing – 10d, 1s 1d
Die I necklace pendant appears rounder and hands detailed
Die II necklace pendant appears oval and hands less detailed