|Coin Type||Fifty Cents (round, steel)|
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.
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.
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.