PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina

Monetary System

19.04.1975: 1 Papua New Guinean kina (PGK) = 100 toea

Bank of Papua New Guinea

On 1 November 1973, soon after self-governence and almost two years before independence, the Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG) was established as the nation’s central bank.
For more information, visit www.bankpng.gov.pg.

2018 Commemorative Issues

This 100-kina note commemorates the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, an inter-governmental forum for 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Description: 100.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green and gold. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby; APEC 2018 logo. Back: English text; coffee beans; cardamom seeds; coconut palm tree; fish; timber; cargo ship; oil rig; bird; jumbo jet; dump truck; microwave tower. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 70 mm. Polymer (Guardian).

2016 – 2017 Reduced-Size Issues

These notes are like the preceding issues, but physically smaller.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 125 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 125 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 5.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 130 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Violet. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; primitive currencies; Hombuli mask used for bridal payments in Sepik region; kina shell used in Highlands; shell necklace from Milne Bay; necklace interwoven with New Ireland seeds; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 130 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 50.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 145 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Orange. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; Prime Minister Michael Somare; spears from Sepik; shield and mask from New Ireland; leaf and pointed Tubuan face mask from New Britain; headdress from the Highlands; mask and costume from Sepik River. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 145 x 70 mm. Polymer.

2015 Commemorative Issues

These 10-kina notes commemorate the XV Pacific Games with a special overprint of the XV Pacific Games logo above the Parliament House.
These 20-kina notes commemorate the 40th anniversary of the country with a special overprint of the 40th Anniversary of Papua New Guinea Independence and the National Bird of Paradise image above the Parliament House.
Both notes are physically smaller than the preceding issues, but otherwise the designs remain unchanged except for the addition of an Optical Variable Ink (OVI) element at upper right front that exhibits three transitional colors when the notes are tilted.

Description: 10.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 135 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Blue. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby; PORT MORESBY 2015 / XV Pacific Games / PNG logo; OVI patch. Back: English text; tami bowl; bird of paradise skin; Tambu shell money from New Britain; boar tusks from the Highlands; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 135 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 20.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Red-brown. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; 40th anniversary logo; National Parliament building in Port Moresby; OVI patch. Back: English text; boar head; toea (cowrie shell) necklace from Madang; Toa armband from Central Province; shell ornament from Western Province; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

2013 Commemorative Issues

These notes commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Bank of Papua New Guinea. They are like the preceding issue, but the front has a special logo celebrating the bank’s 40th anniversary.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby; 40th anniversary logo. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 100.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green and gold. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby; 40th anniversary logo. Back: English text; coffee beans; cardamom seeds; coconut palm tree; fish; timber; cargo ship; oil rig; bird; jumbo jet; dump truck; microwave tower. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

2012 – 2014 Issues

Description: 100.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green and gold. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; coffee beans; cardamom seeds; coconut palm tree; fish; timber; cargo ship; oil rig; bird; jumbo jet; dump truck; microwave tower. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.
Like preceding issues, but without the 35th anniversary logo.

2010 Commemorative Issues

On 15 September 2010 the Bank of Papua New Guinea introduced new polymer notes to commemorate the 35th anniversary of independence from Australia. These notes are like the preceding issues, but the fronts have a special logo celebrating the nation’s 35th anniversary, along with the text 35th Anniversary 1975 – 2010. Also, the design of the 100-kina note has been modified slightly, with some elements rearranged.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; 35th anniversary logo; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 5.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 148 x 73 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Violet. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; 35th anniversary logo; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; primitive currencies; Hombuli mask used for bridal payments in Sepik region; kina shell used in Highlands; shell necklace from Milne Bay; necklace interwoven with New Ireland seeds; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 148 x 73 mm. Polymer.

Description: 10.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Blue. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; 35th anniversary logo; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; tami bowl; bird of paradise skin; Tambu shell money from New Britain; boar tusks from the Highlands; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

Description: 20.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Red-brown. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; 35th anniversary logo; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; boar head; toea (cowrie shell) necklace from Madang; Toa armband from Central Province; shell ornament from Western Province; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

Description: 50.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Orange. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; 35th anniversary logo; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; Prime Minister Michael Somare; spears from Sepik; shield and mask from New Ireland; leaf and pointed Tubuan face mask from New Britain; headdress from the Highlands; mask and costume from Sepik River. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

Description: 100.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green and gold. Front: English text; 35th anniversary logo; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; 35th anniversary logo; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; coffee beans; cardamom seeds; coconut palm tree; fish; timber; cargo ship; oil rig; bird; jumbo jet; dump truck; microwave tower. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

2008 Bank’s 35th Anniversary Commemorative Issues

This 2-kina note commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Bank of Papua New Guinea. It is like the preceding issues, but the front has a special logo celebrating the bank’s 35th anniversary.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby; BPNG 35th anniversary logo. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

2005 – 2014 Issues

These notes mark the completion of the transition to polymer for Papua New Guinea. This series began with the 2005 introduction of the 100-kina note and finished with the 2008 introduction of the 50-kina note, which marked the 35th anniversary of the bank.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 5.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Violet. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; primitive currencies; Hombuli mask used for bridal payments in Sepik region; kina shell used in Highlands; shell necklace from Milne Bay; necklace interwoven with New Ireland seeds; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 10.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Blue. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; tami bowl; bird of paradise skin; Tambu shell money from New Britain; boar tusks from the Highlands; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

Description: 20.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Red-brown. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; boar head; toea (cowrie shell) necklace from Madang; Toa armband from Central Province; shell ornament from Western Province; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

Description: 50.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Orange. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; Prime Minister Michael Somare; spears from Sepik; shield and mask from New Ireland; leaf and pointed Tubuan face mask from New Britain; headdress from the Highlands; mask and costume from Sepik River. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer

Description: 100.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green and gold. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; palm tree; cowrie shells; fish; timber; cargo ship; oil rig; bird; jumbo jet; dump truck; microwave tower. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

2006 Issues

Description: 20.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Red-brown. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear. Back: English text; boar head; toea (cowrie shell) necklace from Madang; Toa armband from Central Province; shell ornament from Western Province; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.
BP prefix stands for “Benny Popoitai,” deputy governor of the BPNG.

2003 Bank’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Issues

These notes commemorate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Bank of Papua New Guinea.

Description: 20.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Red-brown. Front: English text; 30th anniversary logo; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear. Back: English text; boar head; toea (cowrie shell) necklace from Madang; Toa armband from Central Province; shell ornament from Western Province; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.
LK prefix stands for “Leonard Kamit,” governor of the BPNG.

2002 – 2005 Issues

These notes are like the preceding issues, but the format of the serial number has changed to a two-character prefix followed by an eight-digit number, with the exception of the 5-kina note dated 2005, which uses initials of the bank’s officers as a 3-character prefix.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 10.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Blue. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; tami bowl; bird of paradise skin; Tambu shell money from New Britain; boar tusks from the Highlands; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

2000 PNG Silver Jubilee Commemorative Issues

These notes commemorate the 25th anniversary of independence. They are like preceding issues, but with silver jubilee logos on front.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; 25 / Papua New Guinea / Silver Jubilee logo; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

Description: 10.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Blue. Front: English text; 25 / Papua New Guinea / Silver Jubilee logo; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; tami bowl; bird of paradise skin; Tambu shell money from New Britain; boar tusks from the Highlands; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

Description: 50.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Orange. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; 25 / Papua New Guinea / Silver Jubilee logo; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; Prime Minister Michael Somare; spears from Sepik; shield and mask from New Ireland; leaf and pointed Tubuan face mask from New Britain; headdress from the Highlands; mask and costume from Sepik River. Simulated security thread with 50PNG. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

1999 – 2002 Issues

These notes are like the preceding issues, but they are now printed on polymer, not paper. The 50-kina note is the first in which the first two digits of the serial number represent the last two digits of the year of printing. However, this system of dating notes has not been consistently applied on subsequent issues of other denominations.

Description: 10.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Blue. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; tami bowl; bird of paradise skin; Tambu shell money from New Britain; boar tusks from the Highlands; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

Description: 50.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 150 x 75 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Orange. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear; National Parliament building in Port Moresby. Back: English text; Prime Minister Michael Somare; spears from Sepik; shield and mask from New Ireland; leaf and pointed Tubuan face mask from New Britain; headdress from the Highlands; mask and costume from Sepik River. Simulated security thread with 50PNG. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 150 x 75 mm. Polymer.

1996 – 2002 Issues

This 2-kina note is like the preceding issue, but it is now printed on polymer, not paper.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

1995 PNG 20th Anniversary Commemorative Issues

This 2-kina note commemorates the 20th anniversary of independence on 16 September 1995. In addition to the logo, the note features PNG 20 printed in the lower left corner on front where a second serial number would normally appear.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; 20th anniversary logo; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): Bank logo. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.

1991 South Pacific Games Commemorative Issues

This 2-kina note commemorates the hosting of the 9th South Pacific Games, which ran from 7 – 21 September 1991 in the cities of Port Moresby and Lae. In addition to the South Pacific Games logo (a stylized bird of paradise in national colors, designed by art student Miria Miria), the note features SPG 9 printed at lower left on front where a second serial number would normally appear. This is Papua New Guinea’s first polymer note.

Description: 2.00 PGK – Papua New Guinea Kina Size: 140 x 70 mm

Caution!!!
Only Polymer notes are accepted!
Similar paper notes are worthless!

Green. Front: English text; logo of 9th SOUTH PACIFIC GAMES / PAPUA NEW GUINEA 1991; coat of arms with bird of paradise perched on Kundu drum and ceremonial spear. Back: English text; Mount Hagan axe; Kula arm band from Milne Bay Province; engraved dogs’ tooth necklace from Bougainville; Sepik clay pot; tapa cloth patterns. No security thread. Watermark (Shadow image): None. Printer: (Note Printing Australia). 140 x 70 mm. Polymer.
SPG prefix stands for “South Pacific Games.”