Gold Half Gram 2021 Marco Polo, Coin from Fiji - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2021 Marco Polo, Coin from Fiji
CoinGold Half Gram 2021 Marco Polo

The Fijian Dollar has been the currency of Fiji since 1969, when it replaced the pre-decimal Fijian Pound. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively FJ$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies.

Apart from the regular circulating coinage, the country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. Some of these are in the half gram of gold mini-coin format.

This mini gold coin is dedicated to Marco Polo's travels.

Marco Emilio Polo ( c. 1254 - 1324) was a Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer who travelled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295. His travels are recorded in The Travels of Marco Polo (also known as Book of the Marvels of the World and Il Milione, c. 1300), a book that described to Europeans the then mysterious culture and inner workings of the Eastern world, including the wealth and great size of the Mongol Empire and China in the Yuan Dynasty, giving their first comprehensive look into China, Persia, India, Japan and other Asian cities and countries.

Though he was not the first European to reach China, Marco Polo was the first to leave a detailed chronicle of his experience. This account of the Orient provided the Europeans with a clear picture of the East's geography and ethnic customs, and was the first Western record of porcelain, coal, gunpowder, paper money, and some Asian plants and exotic animals. His travel book inspired Christopher Columbus and many other travellers. There is substantial literature based on Polo's writings; he also influenced European cartography, leading to the introduction of the Fra Mauro map.

MintMDM Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Fiji / Gold Half Gram 2021 Marco Polo - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows at its centre the Coat of Arms of Fiji, as adopted in 1908 by a Royal Warrant, consisting of a shield divided quarterly by the Cross of St. George and charged with lion at the top, supported by two Fijian warriors, one on each side - one clutching a spear and one holding a totokia club, and topped with a takia - a traditional Fijian outrigger canoe, in full sail.

The objects on the Coat of Arms carry cultural, political, and regional meanings. The Cross of St. George and the lion at the top represent the United Kingdom, the former colonial power that ruled over Fiji. The cacao pod held in the lion's paw, along with the sugarcane, coconut palm and bananas occupying three of the four quadrants, represent the country's natural resource. The bottom left quadrant contains a dove that symbolises peace.

At the bottom is the country's motto: Rerevaka na kalou ka doka na Tui; translated from Fijian: Fear God and honour the Queen.

Around above, the name of the country: FIJI. Below, the face value $5 (five dollars).

Around right, the precious metal content: 0.5 g Au 999.9 (half gram of 99.99% gold).

Obverse Inscription FIJI $5 0.5 g Au 999.9
Fiji / Gold Half Gram 2021 Marco Polo - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts European traveller Marco Polo, facing half right. Behind him, a (modern) map of the world showing part of Asia.

Around above, the inscription THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO; around below, the date of issue 2021.

Reverse Inscription THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO 2021
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Gold content (Troy oz): 0.016
Finish: proof.
Packaging: in a protective capsule.

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Gold Half Gram 2021 Marco Polo: Details
CurrencyFijian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
EffigyCoat of Arms of Fiji
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage5,000
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.0000 mm
Mass0.5000 g
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Gold Half Gram 2021 Marco Polo: Photo Marco Polo's travels 1/2 gram gold Coin 5$ Fiji 2021 / thumbnail Marco Polo's travels 1/2 gram gold Coin 5$ Fiji 2021
Copyright: MDM