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

Silver Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku, Coin from Fiji
CoinSilver Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku

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. These are typically in standard bullion sizes, such as one ounce of silver (abbreviated as 1 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum).

This coin is part of a New Zealand Mint series of 1oz silver 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 Mintage 350,000
Obverse
Fiji / Silver 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 DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription FIJI · 2013 TWO DOLLARS
Reverse
Fiji / Silver Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku - reverse photo

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

Around below, the precious metal content: FINE SILVER .999 1 oz (one ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription FIJI TAKU FINE SILVER .999 1 oz
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
See also

Fiji Taku / Hawksbill Turtle coins issued in the silver ounce format include:
- 1 oz Silver, Fiji Taku, Fiji 2010
- 1 oz Silver, Fiji Taku, Fiji 2011
- 1 oz Silver, Fiji Taku, Fiji 2012
- 1 oz Silver, Fiji Taku, Fiji 2013
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2014
- 1 oz Silver Proof, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2014
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2015
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2017
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Hawksbill Turtle, Niue 2023

All (20) coins of type: Silver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Ounce 2010 Fiji Taku unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · FIJI · TWO DOLLARS 2010
Silver Ounce 2011 Fiji Taku unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · FIJI · TWO DOLLARS 2011
Silver Ounce 2012 Fiji Taku unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II · FIJI · TWO DOLLARS 2012
Silver Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku 350,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI · 2013 TWO DOLLARS
Silver Ounce 2015 Iguana 75,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI · 2015 ONE DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2016 Iguana 75,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI · 2016 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2017 Hokusai Great Wave 52,500 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI · 2017 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising 17,500 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI · 2017 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Samurai Archives 16,500 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI · 2018 1 DOLLAR 1 TROY OUNCE 999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2018 Pacific Dollar 250,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI · 2018 · 1 DOLLAR · 1 TROY OZ 999 SILVER
Silver Ounce 2021 Cats 12,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2021 50 CENTS 1oz .999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2021 Shrek - Christmas 10,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2021 50 CENTS 1 OZ .999 SILVER
Silver Ounce 2022 Cats (Coloured) 2,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2022 50 CENTS 1oz .999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2022 Dogs 14,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2022 50 CENTS 1oz .999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2022 Dogs, High Relief 500 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2022 50 CENTS 1oz .999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2022 Cats, Second Issue 14,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2022 50 CENTS 1oz .999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2022 Jurassic World Dominion 10,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2022 50 CENTS 1oz .999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2022 Ancient Warriors - Samurai 11,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2022 50 CENTS 1oz .999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2023 Dogs 10,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI 2023 50 CENTS 1oz .999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2023 Koi Fish 16,000 Coat of Arms of Fiji FIJI · 2023 1 DOLLAR 1 TROY OZ.999 FINE SILVER
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Silver Ounce 2013 Fiji Taku: Details
CountryFiji
CurrencyFijian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2013
EffigyCoat of Arms of Fiji
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage350,000
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.5000 mm
Thickness2.300 mm
Mass31.1000 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-XDLA-EJZN
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