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Fiji: Old collector coins
« on: March 09, 2018, 08:53:10 PM »
Fiji issued its first decimal coins in 1969: 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 cents. There was also a "crown-sized" copper-nickel dollar (38.61 mm in diameter), but I suspect that this was only issued in sets and never circulated.

The obverse of the coins carried the Machin effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reverse of the dollar coin featured the country's coat of arms.

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Re: Fiji: Old collector coins
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2018, 08:55:38 PM »
Here you see Fiji's coat of arms. From Wikipedia:

The Cross of St. George (which divides the shield quarterly) and the golden lion at the top represent the United Kingdom, the former colonial power that ruled over Fiji. The cocoa pod held in the lion's paw, along with the sugarcane, coconut palm and bananas occupying three of the four quadrants, represent the country's natural resources, since these are key agricultural crops in Fiji. The bottom left quadrant contains a dove that symbolizes peace – this was utilized on the country's flag during the reign of King Cakobau, whose government was the last before the commencement of British rule.

The crest at the top depicts a takia—a traditional Fijian canoe—while the supporters grasping the shield on both sides are Fijian warriors. According to legend, they are twins; the older brother is clutching a spear, while the younger one holds a war club. At the bottom is the country's motto: Fear God and honour the Queen (Fijian: Rerevaka na kalou ka doka na Tui).

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Re: Fiji: Old collector coins
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2018, 08:58:02 PM »
Fiji gained its independence from the UK in 1970, and a commemorative dollar was issued for the occasion. It showed Fiji's coat of arms of 1871, before it was taken over by the British.

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« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2018, 08:58:47 PM »
This is the only illustration of the old coat of arms that I was able to find on the internet. The quality is rather poor, unfortunately.

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Re: Fiji: Old collector coins
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2018, 09:02:49 PM »




A collector $10 was issued in 1977 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. It showed the modern coat of arms and included a special legend. The obverse of the coin featured the usual Machin effigy of the Queen.



See also: Altered legend with same or similar design.

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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2018, 09:37:50 PM »
In 1974, Fiji issued two collector coins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the cession of "The United Kingdom of Fiji" to Britain. They portrayed the King of Fiji, Seru Epenisa Cakobau. One was a silver $25 coin and the other a gold $100 coin.
 
 
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« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2018, 09:41:22 PM »
In 1975, Fiji issued another two collector coins, $25 and $100, with the same portrait of the King. This time the legend simply carried his name and birth and death years (1817 and 1883) and did not apparently commemorate anything.

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« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2018, 09:52:12 PM »


Fiji, $10, 1991.



Fiji issued two special coins in 1991 in support of the "Save The Children Fund": a silver $10 and a gold $200 coin. Both showed a portrait of the old Fijian king by Dutch coin designer, Willem Vis.

 
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2018, 06:20:59 PM »




Let's look at some of Fiji's more unusual coins.

The country issued a circulating FAO-themed 1 cent coin from 1977 to 1982.

It featured a rice plant.

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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2018, 06:23:36 PM »






Another FAO-themed coin: 50 cents, 1979, featuring sugar cane.

The design was by Horst Hahne.

The word "Girmit" comes from the English "agreement". See: Girmityas.

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2018, 06:31:25 PM »


Fiji, 20 cents, 2003.  South Pacific Games, Suva.



A nice low denomination coin, showing the logo of the Games.