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Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« on: June 28, 2016, 11:59:08 AM »
Fiji released its first decimal coins in 1969 and became independent from the UK in 1970. The original reverse designs were prepared in Suva by Ken Payne, a well-known commercial artist. They were modelled by Geoffrey Colley of the Royal Mint.

Below: variations on the 1 cent design, showing a native food bowl.

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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2016, 12:01:12 PM »
A conch shell and a tortoise were considered as alternatives to the 5 cent drum design. The Royal Mint Advisory Committee thought the drum unsuitable. However, the Fiji government insisted on retaining it.

For similar reasons, a design showing a head rest was prepared for the one cent coin but rejected by Fiji.

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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2016, 12:02:25 PM »
Sketches for the eventual 2 and 5 cents designs.

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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2016, 12:05:02 PM »
A dollar coin was also minted, for collectors only. This unissued version shows sprigs at left and right.

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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2016, 12:05:54 PM »
This version of the dollar design shows rosettes instead of sprigs.

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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2016, 12:06:44 PM »
A sketch of the issued dollar design.

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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2016, 12:07:39 PM »
The reverse of the issued one dollar collector coin.
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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2016, 12:09:43 PM »
The obverse of the coins showed the Arnold Machin portrait of Elizabeth II. At the time, Fiji was a commonwealth realm, but it became a republic in 1987. Fiji did not remove the Queen's portrait from its coins until 2012.

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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2016, 07:00:30 AM »
Is it possible that the food bowl is actually a ceremonial kava bowl?

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Re: Fiji: unrealised decimal designs
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2016, 09:51:28 AM »
 I think you are quite right. This makes the thread even better.

Peter

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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2018, 09:13:58 PM »