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Information about reign: King George VI

CountryFiji
From11 December 1936
To6 February 1952
Personal InformationKing George VI of the United Kingdom (1895 - 1952)
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 37 coins issued in reign: Fiji / King George VI
NameMintageEffigy
Penny 1937 360,000
Florin 1937 30,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Shilling 1937 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Sixpence 1937 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Florin 1938 20,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Shilling 1938 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Sixpence 1938 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Penny 1940 144,000
Halfpenny 1940 24,000
Sixpence 1940 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Penny 1941 228,000
Halfpenny 1941 96,000
Florin 1941 20,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Shilling 1941 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Sixpence 1941 40,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Penny 1942 1,000,000
Halfpenny 1942 250,000
Florin 1942 250,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Shilling 1942 500,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Sixpence 1942 400,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Penny 1943 1,000,000
Halfpenny 1943 250,000
Florin 1943 250,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Shilling 1943 500,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Sixpence 1943 400,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Penny 1945 240,000
Florin 1945 100,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Threepence 1947 450,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Penny 1949 120,000
Halfpenny 1949 96,000
Penny 1950 57,600
Halfpenny 1950 115,200
Threepence 1950 450,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
Halfpenny 1951 115,200
Penny 1952 230,400
Halfpenny 1952 228,000
Threepence 1952 400,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Head)
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Wikipedia: George VI