The tālā peso is the official currency of Samoa. The official currency symbol: $. The currency’s name is the equivalent of dollar and cent in the Samoan language. Following the country’s political independence from New Zealand in 1962, the tālā was established in 1967. Samoa had previously used the pound alongside New Zealand coins and its own banknotes. After the country changed its official name to Samoa, removing the word “Western” in 1997, the symbol WS $ is still used for tālā, given the reference to the old name ‘Western Samoa’. In addition, the currency uses the symbols SAT, ST and T are also in use.
The Bank of Western Samoa introduced the first banknotes in denominations of 1, 5, and 10 tālā. Then in 1985, the new Central Bank of Samoa introduced new notes in denominations of 50 tālā, followed by the 100 tālā note in 1990 and the 2 tālā note in 1991. In 2008, a new series of banknotes were introduced in denominations of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 tālā. Today, the Central Bank of Samoa is in charge of issuing and regulating the Samoan currency.
The 20 Samoan tālā note front design features a view of the Sinaloa Waterfall, located at Tuasivi Ridge in the rainforest of Polynesia. The reverse of the note illustrates the national bird; the tooth-billed pigeon or the manumea, followed by the national flower; pink cone ginger, and the National Coat of Arms. The lettering of the note is presented in the Samoan and English language. This note is part of the 2008 – 2017 series, and its color is yellow, orange and multicolor.
Text: LUASEFULU TALA Twenty Tala FALETUPE TUTOTONU O TUPE FA’ATAGAINA-MALO O SAMOA Legal Tender In Samoa, Samoa, Central Bank of Samoa, FALETUPE TUTOTONU O Samoa LUASEFULU TALA Twenty Tala.