Gold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku, Coin from Fiji - detailed information

Gold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku, Coin from Fiji
CoinGold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku

Apart from its regular circulating coinage, Fiji has authorised a number of private mints to issue collector coins in precious metals, which are legal tender in the country but are not intended for general circulation. Many of them are in standard bullion sizes - including one ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum). These are sometimes made using "smartminting" or other innovative techniques and are dedicated to historical or general popular culture themes not related to Fiji itself.

This coin is part of a New Zealand Mint series of bullion coins featuring a Hawksbill Turtle (Taku). The series was issued for Fiji between 2010 and 2013, and for Niue after that.

Hawksbill turtles are found throughout the tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Named for their narrow, pointed beak, they are also recognisable by a distinctive pattern of overlapping scales on their exquisitely coloured shells. This species prefers coastlines and coral reefs where they can find sponges, a primary food source for these omnivores.

Making incredible migrations to move from feeding sites to tropical beaches that serve as nesting grounds, Hawksbill turtles come to New Zealand every year from Fiji. Although they’ve been sighted as far south as Cook Strait, they are mostly seen in the upper North Island of New Zealand in the clear, shallow waters of the island shelve.

Like many sea turtles, hawksbills are a critically endangered species due mostly to human impact. Hawksbill eggs are still eaten around the world despite the turtle’s international protected status, and they are often killed for their flesh and their stunning shells that are highly valuable in some marketplaces.

MintNew Zealand Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Fiji / Gold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku - 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 and the date of issue: FIJI · 2013; around below, the face value TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription FIJI · 2013 TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS
Fiji / Gold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku - reverse photo

The reverse features an adult Hawksbill (or Taku) Turtle swimming together with a baby turtle along the ocean floor amidst tiny bubbles. Around above left, the inscription FIJI TAKU.

Around below, the precious metal content: 1 oz 999.9 FINE GOLD (one troy ounce of 99.99% gold).

Reverse Inscription FIJI TAKU 1 oz 999.9 FINE GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Finish: bullion (Brilliant Uncirculated).
Packaging: in numbered assay card.

See also

The next coin in the series is the Gold 1oz Hawksbill Turtle bullion coin issued for Niue in 2014.

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Gold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku: Details
CurrencyFijian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
SymbolCoat of Arms of Fiji
Face Value200 (x Dollar)
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.0000 mm
Mass31.1000 g
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Gold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku: Photos
Gold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku: Photo 2013 Fiji 1 oz Gold $200 Taku BU (In Assay) / thumbnail 2013 Fiji 1 oz Gold $200 Taku BU (In Assay)
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Gold Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku: Photo 2013 Fiji 1 oz Gold $200 Taku BU (In Assay) / thumbnail 2013 Fiji 1 oz Gold $200 Taku BU (In Assay)
Copyright: APMEX