Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing pearls (effigy known as the "Third Portrait", by Raphael David Maklouf); around, the legend ELIZABETH II FIJI and the date. In tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM.
In the centre of the coin, a saqamoli (also spelled saqa moli - a native earthenware water vessel consisting of three conjoined spherical bulbs joined together by cylindrical stirrups coming together at the centre). Above, the denomination and value $1. Around below, SAQAMOLI.