Fifty Cents, Coin Type from Fiji - detailed information

Fifty Cents, Coin Type from Fiji (issued 1975 - )
Coin TypeFifty Cents

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.

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 Inscription 50 cents
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Fifty Cents - (28) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Fifty Cents 1975 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Fifty Cents 1976 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 805,000
Fifty Cents 1978 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 6,006
Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1979 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 264,004
Fifty Cents 1980 Independence Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 10,000
Fifty Cents 1980 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 318,500
Fifty Cents 1981 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 511,000
Fifty Cents 1982 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,003,000
Fifty Cents 1983 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,003,000
Fifty Cents 1984 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 5,000,000
Fifty Cents 1986 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 160,000
Fifty Cents 1987 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 160,000
Fifty Cents 1990 Fiji / Fifty Cents 1990 - reverse photo Fiji / Fifty Cents 1990 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: 800,000
Fifty Cents 1992 Fiji / Fifty Cents 1992 - reverse photo Fiji / Fifty Cents 1992 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: 280,000
Fifty Cents 1994 Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: 480,000
Fifty Cents 1995 Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 480,000
Fifty Cents 1996 Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 560,000
Fifty Cents 1997 Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 536,000
Fifty Cents 1998 Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 536,000
Fifty Cents 1999 Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 536,000
Fifty Cents 2000 Fiji / Fifty Cents 2000 - reverse photo Fiji / Fifty Cents 2000 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 536,000
Fifty Cents 2006 Fiji / Fifty Cents 2006 - reverse photo Fiji / Fifty Cents 2006 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2009 Fiji / Fifty Cents 2009 - reverse photo Fiji / Fifty Cents 2009 - obverse photo Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2012 Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2013 Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2013 Iliesa Delana Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: 500,000
Fifty Cents 2017 Ben Ryan Material: Nickel-plated steel
Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
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Fifty Cents: Details
CountryFiji
CurrencyFijian Dollar
Sub-types Fifty Cents (dodecagonal)
Fifty Cents (dodecagonal, steel)
Fifty Cents (round, steel)
From1975
Face Value50 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeOther
Size
Mass
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Fifty Cents: Photos
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Fiji, Elizabeth II, 50 Cents 1990
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Fiji, 50 Cents, 2009
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Fiji, Elizabeth II, 50 Cents 1990
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Fiji, 50 Cents, 2009
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