Five Cents New, Coin Type from Fiji - detailed information

Five Cents New, Coin Type from Fiji (issued 2009 - )
Coin TypeFive Cents New

In 1969, Fiji changed to a decimal currency. The currency structure was the 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c and 20c coins, and the $0.50, $1, $2, $5, $10, and $20 notes.

In October 2008, the issuance of 1 and 2 cents coins ceased. In February 2009, a new set of smaller size and lighter coins were introduced. The larger size coins of 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as the 1 and 2 cents were demonetised in April 2009.

According to Krause, 2006 and later issues are nickel-plated steel and measure 19.5 mm, with a mass of 2.34 g.

Obverse

Between 1969 and 2010, the obverse of the 5 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 5 cents has a local fish ("Luga roro" - Foxfaced Rabbit Fish); the legend is Fiji [year] Nuqa roro.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II FIJI [year]
Reverse

Lali (a Fijian drum carved from a solid log - the inside hollowed out), beaten with two sticks; above, 5; below, cents.

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

Reverse Inscription 5 cents
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The Reserve Bank of Fiji statement says that "In February 2009, a new set of smaller size and lighter coins were introduced." However, Krause lists both the old "large" 5 cent coins and the new "small" 5 cent coins as virtually the same diameter (the new ones actually slightly larger) and of identical mass.

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Five Cents New: Details
CountryFiji
CurrencyFijian Dollar
Sub-type ofFive Cents
From2009
Face Value5 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated steel
DesignerJ. Ken Payne
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size19.500 mm
Mass2.340 g