Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising, Coin from Fiji - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising, Coin from Fiji
CoinSilver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising

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).

The Mint says about this coin:
The legend of an actual Fiji Mermaid has been around since the 1800’s when a sailor found what he thought was an actual mermaid in the Fiji Islands. The original object was exhibited by P.T. Barnum in Barnum’s American Museum in New York in 1842 and then mysteriously disappeared. It is assumed that one of the many fires suffered by Barnum destroyed the “Mermaid”.

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage17,500
Obverse
Fiji / Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising - obverse photo

Within a wide rim decorated with native patterns, 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 · 2017; around below, the face value · 1 DOLLAR ·.

Obverse Inscription FIJI · 2017 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Reverse
Fiji / Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising - reverse photo

The reverse design features "a beautiful and mystical mermaid rising from the depths of the ocean".

Around left, the inscription MERMAID RISING. Around right, the precious metal content: 1 OZ .999 SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).

Reverse Inscription MERMAID RISING 1 OZ .999 SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in plastic capsule, of five coins in branded packaging sleeve.

Mintage comprised of 15,000 bullion coins and 2,500 coloured proofs.

Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising: Known varieties
Variety Coloured Proof
Images Fiji / Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising / Coloured Proof - obverse photo Fiji / Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising / Coloured Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,500 (included in total)
Details

In display case and gift box, with Certificate of Authenticity.

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Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising: Details
CountryFiji
CurrencyFijian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz), Bullion
Issued2018
EffigyCoat of Arms of Fiji
Face Value1 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage17,500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size39.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-BYZN-ONXQ
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