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Information about reign: King George V

CountryFiji
From6 May 1910
To20 January 1936
Personal InformationKing George V of the United Kingdom (1865 - 1936)
Description

Though Seru Cakobau was considered equal but not necessarily superior by his fellow chiefs, he was recognised as king by the Western powers. In 1874, he was the lead signatory on the deed of cession which granted Britain sovereignty over the islands, and it was his efforts that brought Fiji under the guidance of the British Empire. After cession in 1874, all historical records refer to Seru Cakobau as only Vunivalu of Bau, or Ratu Seru Cakobau, indicating the title Tui Viti was lost when the sovereignty of Fiji was ceded to the British Crown. When Ratu Seru Cakobau signed the deed of cession he also presented his prized war club to Queen Victoria, the British monarch, as a symbol of his submission and loyalty. The presentation of the war club, named Na Tutuvi Kuta nei Radi ni Bau (The sleeping cover of the Queen of Bau) refers to the traditional duty of the Vunivalu to protect the principal wife of the Rokotui Bau and can again be taken to mean Cakobau accepted protection from Queen Victoria and her successors. Neither Queen Victoria nor her successors ever used the title of Tui Viti, but the Fijians considered them Kings and Queens of Fiji in the traditional sense of Tui Viti, not just in the Western sense of Sovereign.

List of 13 coins issued in reign: Fiji / King George V
NameMintageEffigy
Halfpenny 1934 96,000
Florin 1934 200,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Shilling 1934 360,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Sixpence 1934 160,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Penny 1934 480,000
Florin 1935 50,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Shilling 1935 180,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Sixpence 1935 120,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Penny 1935 240,000
Florin 1936 65,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Shilling 1936 140,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Sixpence 1936 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust)
Penny 1936 (King George V) 240,000
King George V: Some useful external links
Wikipedia: George V