|Coin from 1983|
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Coat of arms of Vanuatu, state title, year
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The 1 vatu coin is a circulation coin of the Republic of Vanuatu that was produced intermittently from 1983 to 2002. Although it has not been produced for a considerable amount of time, it continues to be used in Vanuatu for its legal tender face value of 1.00 vatu. The piece is distributed by the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu, the central bank of Vanuatu.
The coin is composed of a nickel-brass alloy and has a mass of 1.99 grams, a diameter of 16.95 millimeters, and a thickness of 1.2 millimeters. It has medallic alignment and a plain edge, and like most coins, is round in shape. Displayed in the center of the obverse is the coat of arms of Vanuatu – which consists of a standing Melanesian warrior holding a spear, with two crossing palm branches and a boar's tusk in the background and a scroll bearing the Bislama text "LONG GOD YUMI STANAP" (English: "In God we stand") below. The date of minting is printed at the very top of the coin. Inscribed along the remaining rims of the coin is the Bislama state title of Vanuatu, "RIPABLIK BLONG VANUATU" (English: "Republic of Vanuatu"), the first word arched around the left periphery, the second along the right rim, and the third at the bottom boundary. The reverse, designed by artist A. W. Airs, features an image of a conch shell at its top center. Below it is the value "1 VATU", left-aligned, with the numeral and word printed on separate lines.
The total mintage of the 1 vatu coin of Vanuatu is currently unknown. The piece was produced during the years 1983, 1990, 1999, and 2002. A handful of examples coined in 1983 were made with a proof finish.
- Numista – 1 Vatu (English) (French)
- Numismatic Guaranty Corporation – 1983-2002 Vanuatu Vatu KM# 3