Twenty Cents Old, Coin Type from Fiji - detailed information

Twenty Cents Old, Coin Type from Fiji (issued 1969 - 2006)
Coin TypeTwenty Cents Old

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:
From 1969 to 1987, twenty cent coins were copper-nickel and measured 28.5 mm, with a mass of 11.31 g.
From 1990 to 2006, twenty cent coins were nickel-plated steel and measured 28.5 mm, with a mass of 10.5 g. (except the 2003 South Pacific Games Commemorative, which is listed as copper-nickel with mass of 11.24 g.).

Obverse

Between 1969 and 2010, the obverse of the 20 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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II FIJI [year]
Reverse

Tabua on braided sennit cord (a Fijian traditional cultural gift, the polished tooth of a sperm whale); above, 20; below, cents. Contrary to popular belief, these objects were not used as currency.

2012 and later issues have Tabua around above.

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

Reverse Inscription 20 cents
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Coin Type: Twenty Cents Old - (27) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Cents 1969 2,010,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1969
Twenty Cents 1973 250,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1973
Twenty Cents 1974 252,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1974
Twenty Cents 1975 352,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1975
Twenty Cents 1976 405,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1976
Twenty Cents 1977 200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1977
Twenty Cents 1978 408,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1978
Twenty Cents 1979 500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1979
Twenty Cents 1980 1,016,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1980
Twenty Cents 1981 1,200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1981
Twenty Cents 1982 1,503,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1982
Twenty Cents 1983 3,006,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1983
Twenty Cents 1984 5,005,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1984
Twenty Cents 1985 240,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1985
Twenty Cents 1986 360,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1986
Twenty Cents 1987 360,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1987
Twenty Cents 1990 1,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1990
Twenty Cents 1992 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1992
Twenty Cents 1994 500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1994
Twenty Cents 1995 200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1995
Twenty Cents 1996 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1996
Twenty Cents 1997 153,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1997
Twenty Cents 1998 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1998
Twenty Cents 1999 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1999
Twenty Cents 2000 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 2000
Twenty Cents 2003 South Pacific Games 1,540,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 2003
Twenty Cents 2006 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 2006
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Twenty Cents Old: Details
CountryFiji
CurrencyFijian Dollar
Sub-type ofTwenty Cents
From1969
To2006
Face Value20 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2009)
Material
DesignerJ. Ken Payne
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size28.500 mm
Mass
Twenty Cents Old: Photos
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Fiji, 20 Cents, 2003
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Fiji, 20 Cents, 2003
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