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Coin type: Fifty Cents
Description

Until 1987, Fiji fifty cent coins were the same size and shape as their Australian counterparts.

In 1990, Fiji switched to coins of the same size as the earlier (large) dodecagonal coins but made of steel instead of copper-nickel.

In 2009, Fiji switched to a new type of fifty cent coins. These are smaller in size than the earlier ones and have a round shape. The 2009 issue retained the old design and the Queen's effigy (even though Fiji was already a republic at the time).

After Fiji was fully suspended from the Commonwealth of Nations in September 2009, new coins featuring native animals in place of the Queen were minted by the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg in 2012, becoming available in 2013.

According to Krause:
From 1975 to 1987, fifty cent coins were copper-nickel, 12-sided, and measured 31.55 mm with a mass of 15.55 g.
From 1990 to 2000, fifty cent coins were nickel-plated steel, 12-sided, and measured 31.55 mm with a mass of 13.44 g.
2009 and later issues are nickel-plated steel, with round shape (with a 12-sided pattern of the rim to remind of the earlier issues), and measure 26.5 mm with a mass of 6.5 g.

CountryFiji CurrencyFijian Dollar
Sub-type of Sub-types Fifty Cents (dodecagonal)
Fifty Cents (dodecagonal, steel)
Fifty Cents (round, steel)
Face value50 (x Cent)
Years produced1975 - ? CurrentYes
Material Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeOther
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

Between 1975 and 2009, the obverse of the 50 cent coins depicted an effigy of the monarch, legend and date. During this time, the only monarch was Queen Elizabeth II and the legend used was ELIZABETH II FIJI.

In 2012, a new series was started where the obverse depicts representatives of the fauna of Fiji. The 50 cent coins have a Varivoce (a Humhead Urasse fish); the legend is FIJI [year] Varivoce.

Obverse inscription
Reverse

Takia (an outrigger sailing canoe, described on the mint sets as a "drua"), below, the value and denomination: 50 cents. 2012 and later issues have Camakau around above.

The design is by J. Ken Payne from Suva, Fiji.

Reverse inscription50 cents
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
List of 28 coins of type: Fifty Cents from Fiji
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1975 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1975
Fifty Cents 1976 805,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1976
Fifty Cents 1978 6,006 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1978
Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Fifty Cents 1979 264,004 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1979
Fifty Cents 1980 Independence 10,000 Queen Elizabeth II FIJI 1980
Fifty Cents 1980 318,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1980
Fifty Cents 1981 511,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1981
Fifty Cents 1982 1,003,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1982
Fifty Cents 1983 3,003,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1983
Fifty Cents 1984 5,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1984
Fifty Cents 1986 160,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1986
Fifty Cents 1987 160,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1987
Fifty Cents 1990 800,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1990
Fifty Cents 1992 280,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1992
Fifty Cents 1994 480,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1994
Fifty Cents 1995 480,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1995
Fifty Cents 1996 560,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1996
Fifty Cents 1997 536,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1997
Fifty Cents 1998 536,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1998
Fifty Cents 1999 536,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 1999
Fifty Cents 2000 536,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 2000
Fifty Cents 2006 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 2006
Fifty Cents 2009 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II FIJI 2009
Fifty Cents 2012 unknown FIJI 2012 Varivoce
Fifty Cents 2013 unknown FIJI 2013 Varivoce
Fifty Cents 2013 Iliesa Delana 500,000 FIJI 2013 50 cents
Fifty Cents 2017 Ben Ryan 1,000,000 FIJI 2017 50 cents BEN RYAN SEVENS HEAD COACH