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Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on March 01, 2011, 06:12:10 PM
New coins and notes for Fiji

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Fiji will soon trade in its $2 banknotes for $2 coins and the existing $5 ‘brown’ note will adopt the ‘green’ colour.

Cabinet today approved designs selected by the Currency Design Committee appointed to replace the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Fiji’s five banknotes and five coin denominations.

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama says the designs selected are specific to Fiji and reflects our endemic flora and fauna.

Bainimarama says important and iconic flora and fauna of Fiji has been selected to replace Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait and to feature on the obverse side of the new $2 coin.

The tanoa on the Fiji 1cent coin will feature on the reverse side of the new $2 coin.

The new notes and coins will be in circulation from June 2012.

Report by : Shereel Patel

Source: Radio Fiji (http://www.radiofiji.com.fj/fullstory.php?id=34763)
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on March 01, 2011, 06:58:12 PM
Excellent news. I've always been confused about why Fiji has had the Queen on its coin and banknotes. According to Wikipedia, Fiji became independent of Britain in 1970 and became a republic in 1987. It has had so many coups since then, and been in and out of the Commonwealth, that I'm never sure what the current situation is. Apparently it is legitimate to have an effigy of the Queen on your coins if you are a member of the Commonwealth, in which case it represents her position as Head of the Commonwealth, but more usually a country only uses her portrait if she is their Queen too, as in the case of Bermuda, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, etc.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: chrisild on March 03, 2011, 11:33:57 AM
I like how this article (http://www.news.com.au/world/fiji-drops-queen-24-years-late/story-e6frfkyi-1226014848845) begins: "It might be four coups late, but the Republic of Fiji has finally dropped the image of Queen Elizabeth II from its currency." ;D  Also, it seems (http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/fiji-removes-queen-elizabeth-2-from-coins-and-bank-notes/story-e6frg6so-1226014836260) that the $2 note will be phased out when the equivalent coin is introduced ...

Christian
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on March 03, 2011, 12:12:03 PM
That article also states: "In the Pacific, the queen remains on the currencies of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Solomons."

The Queen has never appeared on the banknotes and coins of Papua New Guinea. No monarch ever appeared on the coins of its predecessor, New Guinea. Whether New Guinea ever had its own banknotes, I don't know.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: chrisild on March 03, 2011, 12:40:07 PM
Not on Papua New Guinea circulation coins, right. Let's hope the rest of that article, and the other one, are accurate. :)

Christian
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on March 03, 2011, 06:19:21 PM
Queen's head to be deleted from Fiji's banknotes

PTI, Mar 3, 2011, 07.16pm IST

LONDON: Fiji has decided to delete the Queen's head from all its coins and banknotes, amid diplomatic row over Britain's support for the removal of the country from the Commonwealth.

She will be replaced by engravings of native trees and animals when a new batch of currency is issued in June, the Daily Mail reported today.

Fiji has been at loggerheads with Britain since the UK supported the Commonwealth in removing the group of islands from its 53-nation membership.

Fiji, a former British colony, gained independence in 1970, continued to feature the Queen on its currency, but several coups since then have left other Commonwealth nations questioning whether its instability qualified it to remain a member.

The final decision to suspend Fiji from the Commonwealth came in 2009 after the government of military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama broke a promise to restore democracy following a bloodless coup in 2006.

Fiji Military commander Bainimarama is angry following the UK's decision to support its removal from the Commonwealth in what is now seen as retaliation to Britain's support of the suspension, Bainimarama said that the country's cabinet had accepted his recommendations for new designs on the nation's ten coin and note denominations - none of them featuring the Queen.

"Important and iconic flora and fauna of Fiji has been selected to replace her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's portrait," said Bainimarama, who holds the titles of Prime Minister and Finance Minister among a number of other portfolios.

He gave no reason for the decision but observers said the rift with the British Government was believed to be behind the axing of the Queen.

In what was seen as a flexing of muscles in September last year, Bainimarama told the United Nations that he and his country demanded 'respect, dignity and equality'.

Although he did not mention international sanctions that had been brought against Fiji since the 2006 coup, he told the UN General Assembly that foreign policy had been 'revamped' as part of his reforms.

The shift in foreign policy, he said, "heralds the globalisation and maturity of Fiji".

Announcing the removal of the Queen's head from the currency today, Bainimarama did not specify what plants and animals would replace her image, but tourism officials say the nation is rich in lush vegetation and birdlife.

Source: Times of India (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Queens-head-to-be-deleted-from-Fijis-banknotes/articleshow/7620097.cms)


Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: malj1 on August 05, 2012, 05:07:48 AM
A couple of quotes from today's Daily Mail. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2182190/Fiji-scraps-Queens-birthday-holiday-unimportant.html)

'Fiji is to scrap the public holiday to mark The Queen’s birthday because the government there believes she is irrelevant'.

'The Queen’s likeness had already been removed from Fijian coins and has been replaced with images of local flora and fauna'.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on August 05, 2012, 01:43:18 PM
Yes, I saw that Daily Mail article and realised it had got its facts wrong. The coins were not updated last year - the government merely announced its intention to do so.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: FosseWay on August 05, 2012, 05:16:55 PM
Daily Mail ... facts wrong

Really? That does surprise me!
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on August 07, 2012, 05:09:51 PM
From Reserve Bank of Fiji's Annual Report (http://www.reservebank.gov.fj/docs2/RBF%20Annual%20Report%20web.3.pdf):

"The Currency Review, that commenced a year earlier, progressed well in 2011. The objectives of the review comprised an upgrade of existing security features and the inclusion of Fiji’s flora and fauna on banknotes and coins.

In March 2011, Cabinet approved the coining of the $2denomination and the selected flora and fauna designs. Banknote and coin tenders were invited and awarded to De La Rue Currency and the Royal Canadian Mint, respectively.

All banknote and coin designs were finalised and approved in November 2011. In this regard, the RBF extends its sincere appreciation to the members of the Currency Design Committee for their commitment and guidance in selecting the flora and fauna designs for the new banknotes and coins family.

The new flora and fauna designed currency, including the new $2 coin, will be officially unveiled and launched in December 2012."

Aditya
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on August 07, 2012, 05:40:32 PM
...coin tenders were invited and awarded to...the Royal Canadian Mint

Sadly, this means we won't know who designed the coins, unless the RCM changes its policy of not revealing the designers of overseas coins. The Royal Australian Mint used to have such a policy, but it released the names of the designers of the recent Samoan set, so that policy must have changed.

The RCM is capable of good design, but its Ghana set, of recent years, was a disappointment. My favourite was its Zambia circulation set of 1992. I like the RCM's updates of the Bahamian set, but so far it has updated only the cent and the 10 cents coins, so there is a way to go yet. RCM also did Madagascar's polygonal tree coin (baobabs) of the 1990s. I liked their Ugandan set of 1998, and for once they eventually revealed the designer (not a well known one). Which other circulation sets have they designed?
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on November 30, 2012, 06:50:40 PM
FIJI will soon see a new series of banknotes and coins in circulation come January 2 next year. The new-look currency will prominently feature local flora and fauna designs, replacing the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II across all denominations. Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) governor Barry Whiteside also revealed that a new $2 coin would be introduced to replace the $2 note in circulation.

"Work on the new series of notes and coins commenced in February 2010 during the United Nation's declared Year of Biodiversity, so it was most fitting to recognise this important theme and what better way than to do so in our national currency," Mr Whiteside said in a statement yesterday.

He said a currency design committee of eminent Fijians was approved by Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama to oversee the selection of the designs. Mr Whiteside said a number of the new flora and fauna designs selected were unique to Fiji. He said some belonged on the endangered species list and "all Fijians must be made aware of this fact and how critical it is to preserve our heritage".

Mr Whiteside said members of the British royal family had featured on the local currency since 1934 "and we are indeed grateful to have had the privilege of this association over the past 78 years". He said while it was sad to see the transition taking place, it was time to move forward and promote the country's own unique national treasure and the biodiversity that existed locally. President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will unveil the new series with new front designs on December 12.

Source: Fiji Times - Queen off our notes (http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=218604)
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: malj1 on November 30, 2012, 10:31:34 PM
Can I misquote you?

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Mr Whiteside said members of the British royal family had featured on the local currency since 1934

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He said some belonged on the endangered species list and "all Fijians must be made aware of this fact.

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He said while it was sad to see the transition taking place, it was time to move forward

Sad to see them go.
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on December 03, 2012, 02:43:56 PM
Anger over plan to remove Queen from Fiji money

Updated 3 December 2012, 18:42 AEST

Bruce Hill

A decision to remove images of the Queen from Fiji's currency has been met with outrage from the country's chiefs.

Fiji's Reserve Bank has announced plans to replace the monarch with images of Fijian flora and fauna.

The chiefs say the British royals were given the chiefly title of Tui Viti, and Elizabeth II is the Queen of Fiji, not just of Britain.

Adi Litia Qioniaravi has told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat the royals were still loved by most Fijians.

"[It has] been met with great shock and much sadness [as] the royal family is held in very high regard and passion by Fijians," she said.

"I don't think that the significance of the royal household of Windsor to the original Fijians is clearly understood now.

"I'm saying this because our high chiefs had given the highest position of chief of Fiji - the head chief of Fiji - to the royal household."

One of Fiji's paramount chiefs, Ro Teimumu Kepa, who heads the Burebasaga Confederacy, said in a statement that she was very disappointed there was no consultation over the decision.

She says the Queen's image on banknotes and coins have been part of Fiji since the island was ceded to Queen Victoria in 1874, and even in the wake of independence, the Queen is still held in the highest regard by the people of Fiji.

Ro Teimumu Kepa says it is disappointing that such changes can be made unilaterally without a reason being given.

National symbols

Former opposition leader Mick Beddoes says he is also opposed to the change.

He says the real problem is that the unelected government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama has no right to make such decisions about national symbols.

"Why now, given that we are not operating in a democratic environment?" he said.

"These kinds of decisions - especially the fact that it is a symbolic matter of the Queen, and by association our chiefs and the people of Fiji - this I would have imagined is a matter for the elected representatives of the people.

"This is certainly not a matter that an unelected regime... and the institutions that are currently operating under its control, to make such decisions - I don't believe that they have a right, and frankly they don't have a mandate."

The man who led Fiji's first coup in 1987, General Sitiveni Rabuka, says the move is an attempt to deny an important part of Fiji's historical identity.

"It is a childish way of trying to forget our historical connections with those that were responsible for founding this nation," he said.

"In 1970 we became independent, but Australia, New Zealand and Canada were independent before us and they still use the Queen's head on their currency.

"We have forgotten the colonial past - we are now moving to the future, but there are certain things we cannot change - we can remove the Queen's head but that doesn't me we erase our history."

Source: Radio Australia (http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-12-03/anger-over-plan-to-remove-queen-from-fiji-money/1055346)
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on December 03, 2012, 03:22:29 PM
The coins and banknotes are ready for release, so it is too late to complain now. A few overseas countries still have the Queen as their monarch, but in the coming decades this number will decline, as these countries decide that it is time to move on. Sometimes British politicians are apt to give themselves imperial airs that are no longer appropriate in modern times, because of such international influence, so perhaps it is time that Britain moved on too.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on December 10, 2012, 01:21:16 PM
New Fijian coin last to carry Queen’s effigy

Monday, 10 December, 2012 - 14:31

New Zealand Mint has released a new gold bullion coin that is the final Fijian coin to carry the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

From next year the country is replacing the Queen with a Fijian coat-of-arms on all currency. Fiji was suspended from the Commonwealth in 2009.

"This is an investment gold coin but it has collector intrigue value to it too in the fact that it is the last coin by Fiji to bear the QEII effigy," says NZ Mint chief executive Simon Harding.

The pure gold, 1oz investment coin is valued at $2,206.00 on today’s gold pricing and is produced by NZ Mint under licence from the Fijian government.

Harding says the new coin has particular appeal to international investors because it bears an official government effigy.

The new Fijian coin features a Taku or Hawksbill turtle which is an endangered species. NZ Mint also produces an investment 1oz silver coin featuring the Taku as well as a 1oz. gold Kiwi bullion medallion.

Source: http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/new-fijian-coin-last-carry-queen%E2%80%99s-effigy/5/143030
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on December 10, 2012, 03:18:41 PM
Here's CoA of Fiji by the way..

(http://web.archive.org/web/20140228072020/https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6f/Coat_of_Arms_Fiji.svg)

Fiji National Coat of Arms consists of the images of two Fijian warriors on either side of a shield and the motto “Rerevaka na Kalou ka Doka na Tui” below the shield. These words mean “Fear God and Honor the queen” The shield from the coat of arms has the image of a heraldic lion holding a cocoa pod across the top, sugarcane, a coconut palm and bunch of bananas are represented in three of the shields sections. The fourth contains the reproduction of a dove of peace, the main feature of the Cakobau Government’s flag before cession. (Source (http://www.fijihighcom.com/home-mainmenu-1/student-info-mainmenu-59/55-coat-of-arms.html))

Aditya
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on December 10, 2012, 05:15:26 PM
If they're getting rid of the Queen's effigy, they really should get rid of that crowned English lion on their coat of arms, and also get rid of the Union Flag from the Fijian flag, while they're at it.
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on December 10, 2012, 05:18:02 PM
If they're getting rid of the Queen's effigy, they really should get rid of that crowned English lion on their coat of arms, and also get rid of the Union Flag from the Fijian flag, while they're at it.

They will have to change the motto too. ;D ;D

Aditya
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on December 11, 2012, 11:47:39 PM
I've just watched the release video. Here are the obverse themes of the new coins:

5c   Bicolor foxface rabbitfish.
10c Fiji Flying fox (bat).
20c Kadavu (crimson) shining parrot
50c Humphead wrasse (fish)
$1   Banded iguana
$2   Peregrine falcon ("The Islander", a subspecies found only in Fiji).

These names are all given in the local language on the coins. Interestingly, the reverse designs of the coins stay AS THEY WERE. Since the 2 dollar coin is new, the tanoa from the old 1 cent coin has been used on the reverse of this design.

The report in a prior post that the Fijian coat of arms would be used is therefore false.

To watch the video stream, click on the link and fast forward to around 56 minutes in to avoid the opening speeches and just watch the video about the banknote and coin designs:

http://itv.connect.com.fj/

N.B. No designer was mentioned, though the designs are the work of the Royal Canadian Mint.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on December 12, 2012, 01:25:32 AM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=15003.0;attach=22658;image)

Here is the 1 cent coin with the tanoa - compare it to the new 2 dollar design below. You can see it has been given a bit of a makeover.

(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8920.0;attach=30156;image)

Otherwise, so many wildlife designs have been produced now, that it is hard to find a really different look, and the Royal Canadian Mint hasn't really managed it. Their parrot looks a bit like the one on the recent Colombian circulation coins. The design committee has however largely succeeded in portraying species not seen on other standard circulation coins: the banded iguana, for instance. Nice to see the bat being portrayed upside down, and that design does look different in approach from any other bat design I have seen on a collector coin. The two fish, though not handsome, are species you will not find on any other circulation coin. So, I give the RCM 7.5 out of 10 for their work - very competent and worthwhile, though not outstanding.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: translateltd on December 12, 2012, 05:28:02 AM
They will have to change the motto too. ;D ;D

Aditya

I think Tui can be more generic than just "King/Queen" - I've understand it can be used in the sense of "Chief", so it may survive ...
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: malj1 on December 12, 2012, 07:20:25 AM
Dated 2012 but will be released January 2013

I too have downloaded from that video and edited in Microsoft Publisher.

It is too hot outside today!

Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: malj1 on December 12, 2012, 07:21:58 AM
And the other six images....
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on December 12, 2012, 07:33:10 AM
Excellent job, Malcolm! :)

Aditya
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on December 12, 2012, 01:30:51 PM
Superbly done, Malcolm. I have deleted my captures and saved yours. You can see that the RCM has also altered each reverse slightly by adding the Fijian name of the object depicted.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on December 12, 2012, 01:58:29 PM
(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8920.0;attach=30165;image)(http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=8920.0;attach=30159;image)

The two fish designs look too similar to one another. One of them could have faced in the opposite direction, to give a bit of variation. Otherwise a competent set. My favourite is the bat, followed by the iguana.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on December 12, 2012, 02:40:19 PM
Though the themes are different, I regard these new Fiji designs as superior to those of Samoa's recent new series. The Samoan coins were in rather low relief, too. They were products of the Royal Australian Mint. Let's see how these Fijian coins turn out - they are minted by the Canadians.

Tonga has said it will produce a new design series this year. Their existing designs have a certain charm, but they are certainly in need of an update. That really only leaves Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu to update their designs now. In PNG's case there is no need - they are fine designs and still look relevant. Vanuatu's rather unsophisticated designs could do with a makeover, though.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: chrisild on December 12, 2012, 03:59:24 PM
The Saqamoli design I have liked before (old set), and I still like it. :) My second favorite would be the 10c - the Beka Mirimiri (Flying Fox) side looks good. As for the fish being similar, yes, some variation would have been nice, but I suppose the compositions will be different anyway. So from a purely practical POV that should not be an issue ...

Christian
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: malawi on December 12, 2012, 11:51:32 PM
very nice coins !!!!   :o
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on January 05, 2013, 07:22:03 PM
Different flag planned for Fiji in identity push

From The Dominion Post, New Zealand (http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8137710/Different-flag-planned-for-Fiji-in-identity-push)

Fiji is planning to change its flag and scrap the Union Jack and probably the bananas on it.

This follows removing Queen Elizabeth from its currency.

The republic's military ruler, Voreqe Bainimarama, has given no details of the new flag, but in a speech to the nation he says he wants to instil more pride in the Fijian identity.

"We will soon begin using new notes and coins that feature our flora and fauna," he said, adding they would also come up with a new constitution, their fourth since 1970. "And I will be making further announcements about revamping our flag."

Fiji's flag is little changed from the colonial era, with the Union Jack and a modified coat-of-arms. It also features a lion holding a cocoa pod.

In 1987 Fiji strongman Sitiveni Rabuka proclaimed Fiji to be a republic after its ejection from the Commonwealth for its first military coup. But the Union Jack remained on the flag, and successive leaders have expressed yearnings to return to the royals.

However, Bainimarama, who until recently had a picture of the Queen on his office wall, appears to be burying that.

If Fiji dumps the Union Jack flag, it will leave Australia and New Zealand in a shrinking group which includes the Cook Islands, Tuvalu and Hawaii.
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on December 28, 2013, 07:30:11 AM
New 2 dollar coin to be ready by mid 2014

13:38

New two dollar coins are likely to enter the market by mid next year.

Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Barry Whiteside says this will remove the confusion between the one dollar coins and the current two dollar coins.

Whiteside says they are working closely with their coin suppliers, Royal Canadian Mint, towards the redesign and production of the new coins.

There were wide spread complaints about the tarnishing of the two dollar coins and the difficulty in differentiating it from the one dollar coins.

Whiteside says the changes involve a relook at the metal specifics to reduce tarnishing as well as a slight change in size to enable easy differentiation.

Source: FBC (http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/16480/new-2-dollar-coin-to-be-ready-by-mid-2014)
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: malawi on December 28, 2013, 10:50:55 AM
New 2 dollar coin to be ready by mid 2014

13:38

New two dollar coins are likely to enter the market by mid next year.

Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Barry Whiteside says this will remove the confusion between the one dollar coins and the current two dollar coins.

Whiteside says they are working closely with their coin suppliers, Royal Canadian Mint, towards the redesign and production of the new coins.

There were wide spread complaints about the tarnishing of the two dollar coins and the difficulty in differentiating it from the one dollar coins.

Whiteside says the changes involve a relook at the metal specifics to reduce tarnishing as well as a slight change in size to enable easy differentiation.

Source: FBC (http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/16480/new-2-dollar-coin-to-be-ready-by-mid-2014)

thanks Bimat !
two observations:
- the current two-dollar coin become rare in the future?
- why not minted bimetallic two dollars ?
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on December 28, 2013, 06:08:34 PM
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the current two-dollar coin become rare in the future?

I think you mean current two dollar banknote? The two dollar banknote is now replaced by two dollar coin but I doubt if the banknote will become rare anytime soon.

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why not minted bimetallic two dollars ?

Probably because none of the Oceania countries (Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea) have circulating bimetallic coins, so they wanted to have it consistent with others.

Aditya
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Jostein on December 28, 2013, 07:27:44 PM
I hope for a bimetallic $2 coin too  ;D
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Enlil on December 30, 2013, 11:16:31 PM
I think you mean current two dollar banknote? The two dollar banknote is now replaced by two dollar coin but I doubt if the banknote will become rare anytime soon.

Probably because none of the Oceania countries (Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea) have circulating bimetallic coins, so they wanted to have it consistent with others.

Aditya

No I believe he is talking about the current $2 coin, and considering the inconsistencies in current pacific coinage the central banks are free to mint bi-metallics but they are more expensive than single metal coins I presume. So to save costs it is better not to have bi-metal coins. But Australia are cheap scabs when it come to coins, hence our annoying $2 coin.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: malawi on December 30, 2013, 11:29:49 PM
No I believe he is talking about the current $2 coin, and considering the inconsistencies in current pacific coinage the central banks are free to mint bi-metallics but they are more expensive than single metal coins I presume. So to save costs it is better not to have bi-metal coins. But Australia are cheap scabs when it come to coins, hence our annoying $2 coin.

Yes , i  talking about the current $2 coin
Sorry my english is not good  :(
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on May 12, 2014, 08:13:40 AM
It seems that technical specifications of $2 coins have been changed.

New $2 coins to circulate from August

Publish date/time: 12/05/2014 [16:59]

A new series of $2 coins will be circulated from August this year.

Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor Barry Whiteside said this follows members of the public raising concerns on them not being able to tell the difference between the $1 and $2 coins.

He said after discussions with the Royal Canadian Mint on how to address the concerns, the new $2 coin will now be a little larger, heavier and also have a slightly different colour.

He said the new $2 coin will be bronze plated compared to the previous brass plated ones.

He said hopefully with these new changes there will no longer be any more confusion between the $1 and $2 coins.

Whiteside said once the PM gives his approval they hope the new $2 coin will be in circulation around or shortly after August.

He said the cost of the new $2 coins will only be made public once they are in circulation.

He added the old ones will be withdrawn and sent back to the Royal Canadian Mint.

Source: Fiji Village (http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=120514f5e3eb5b4a1fd1d1ded478bc)
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: FosseWay on May 12, 2014, 09:54:09 AM
It's quite unusual for a copper colour to be used for a high denomination where silver and/or gold colours are used for lower denominations. It's presumably a hangover, but a very persistent one, from the days of actual copper, silver and gold coins, and there's absolutely no reason why countries shouldn't choose to reverse or mix the traditional order, but as said it happens very infrequently IME.

The only other example I can think of off the top of my head is the Czech Republic 10 korún.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on May 12, 2014, 12:48:18 PM
This was the first 2 dollar circulation coin for Fiji. See how it compares with the dollar coin:

1 dollar:

Weight    5.05 g
Diameter    24.5 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape: Round
Inner rim: Octagonal
Metal: Brass-plated steel.


2 dollars:

Weight    6.1 g
Diameter    24.39 mm
Thickness 1.97 mm
Shape: Round
Inner rim: 11-sided.
Metal: Brass-plated steel.



You can see that the coins are way too close in size. The Royal Mint (UK) follows guidelines that the "gap" (difference in diameter) between two similar coins (same colour and shape) should be a minimum of 3 mm. The Royal Canadian Mint has clearly been shown as incompetent, having produced an impractical solution that now has to be scrapped.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: andyg on May 12, 2014, 03:44:36 PM
It's quite unusual for a copper colour to be used for a high denomination where silver and/or gold colours are used for lower denominations

The Canadian 1 dollar is bronze plated I think.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: FosseWay on May 12, 2014, 05:02:54 PM
All my Canadian dollars (the circulation ones, not the old silver/nickel ones) are yellow-coloured. Have they changed this recently?
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: andyg on May 12, 2014, 06:38:29 PM
All my Canadian dollars (the circulation ones, not the old silver/nickel ones) are yellow-coloured. Have they changed this recently?

Providing Krause is correct then they have been bronze plated since 1987.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Pabitra on May 12, 2014, 11:41:10 PM
This was the first 2 dollar circulation coin for Fiji. See how it compares with the dollar coin:

1 dollar:

Weight    5.05 g
Diameter    24.5 mm
Thickness 1.75 mm
Shape: Round
Inner rim: Octagonal
Metal: Brass-plated steel.


2 dollars:

Weight    6.1 g
Diameter    24.39 mm
Thickness 1.97 mm
Shape: Round
Inner rim: 11-sided.
Metal: Brass-plated steel.




You mean 2 Dollar is smaller than 1 dollar?
Does not appear to be from the images.
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on May 13, 2014, 12:03:51 PM
See numista - 1 dollar 1995-2000; 1 dollar 2009-10; and 1 dollar 2012:

Fiji - 1 dollar versions (http://en.numista.com/catalogue/fidji-8.html)

Then the circulation 2 dollar coins of 2012:

Fii 2 dollars 2012 (http://en.numista.com/catalogue/pieces42681.html)

When I overlay your 1 dollar image over the 2 dollar image, the 2 dollar coin certainly looks larger.



From numista.com:

$1 1995-2000: 8g, 23 mm
$1 2009-10: 5g, 23mm
$1 2012-13: 5.05g, 24.5mm
$2 2012-13: 6.1g, 24.39mm



From Numismaster:

$1 1995-2000: 8g, 23mm

$1 2009-10: Not listed.

$1 2012-13: 5.05g, 23mm

$2 2012-13: 27.5mm (KM337) - weight not listed.



So it looks like numista.com is WRONG!

But then the size difference looks good enough. Are you able to measure them, Pabitra?
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Pabitra on May 16, 2014, 09:23:39 AM
Yes.
1 Dollar #336 is 23mm and 5.05 gms
2 Dollars #337 is 27.5mm and 6.1 gms.

The difference of 4.5 mm is quite sufficient.

Around 2010, all Pacific Islands had a round of inflation and note-coin boundary shifted up.
Nations such as Tuvalu, Nauru and Tokelau have already given up  their own currency.
Other countries have got in for new series where smaller denominations were given up and a higher denomination coinized.
In such case, highest coin is normally of the same size as highest coin of earlier series, as that is generally the accepted upper limit of acceptable size.

To eliminate confusion, new highest denomination coin is usually design with a distinct shape or edge.
This was done by Samoa by going in for 2 Tala with a scalloped shape.
Solomon Islands have new 2 Dollars coin only 3.5 mm more than new 1 Dollar coin but there do not seem to be any complaints reported.

If only Royal Canadian Mint had followed Royal Australian Mint by doing proper design.

This year, Vanuatu and Tonga may go in for new series. Would be interesting to see their designs.

 
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on May 16, 2014, 10:13:18 AM
Nations such as Tuvalu, Nauru and Tokelau have already given up  their own currency.

Nauru and Tokelau have only ever issued collector coins, so never had a currency to give up. Nauru uses the Australian dollar, while Tokelau uses the New Zealand dollar. Tuvalu now uses the Australian dollar exclusively. See here for an overview The Official Currencies and Coinages of Oceania (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php?topic=4370.0).
Title: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: Bimat on October 29, 2014, 11:28:08 AM
New 2 dollar coin in Fiji from Monday

Updated at 3:46 pm today

Fiji's Reserve Bank has announced a new two dollar coin will be issued next week.

This change comes after members of the public complained that they had difficulty distinguishing between the current $1 and $2 coins.

The Bank's governor, Barry Whiteside, says the new coin will be slightly larger and thicker and have a new 'Spanish Flower' or inside cut edge which will help people distinguish it.

The designs on both sides of the new coin are unchanged, but have been made more prominent so that these can be easily felt.

Source: Radio New Zealand (http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/258069/new-2-dollar-coin-in-fiji-from-monday)
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: <k> on November 01, 2014, 02:32:08 PM
And here it is, courtesy of forum member Pabitra, via the World Coin News blog:

http://worldcoinnews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/fiji-2-dollars-2014-redesigned-type.html

The new $2 coin is slightly larger and thicker than the existing coin. Besides the size and weight, another differentiating factor of the new coin is the Spanish Flower (inside cut) edge. The new coin has been supplied by The Royal Canadian Mint, is made of Multi-ply Bronze Plated Steel instead of the Multi-ply Brass Plated Steel of the existing coin. With the introduction of the new $2 coin from 3 November 2014, the public is encouraged to start returning the existing $2 coins to a bank branch nearest to them before 31 December 2014. All existing $2 coins received back from circulation will be returned to the suppliers for destruction.

The "Spanish flower" form is also a fixture on some of the euro coins. Apart from Spain (who originated the form) and Fiji, how many other countries have adopted it?
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: chrisild on November 01, 2014, 03:17:08 PM
Was about to list some, but I'm lazy, so ... :)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_flower

Christian
Title: Re: Fiji to Get New Coins and Banknotes
Post by: malj1 on November 01, 2014, 09:57:07 PM
New Zealand's twenty cent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_twenty-cent_coin)