|Coin||Silver Ounce 2022 Dogs|
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 Dogs premium bullion coin is the second issue in a range of coins featuring animals.
The relationship between humans and dogs is not only thousands of years old, but also a very special one. Man's best friend, loyal companion, we humans have many names for dogs. For millennia, the domesticated wolf has been by our side and has made it the second most popular pet (after the cat). More than 10 million dogs live in German households and protect house and yard, cuddle with master or mistress or beg for a piece of sausage with the proverbial “dog look”.
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.
On the left and right, separated by the Coat of Arms, the precious metal content: 1oz .999 FINE SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver).
Around above, the name of the country and the date of issue: FIJI 2022; around below, the face value 50 CENTS.
The reverse side depicts a dog leaping towards the viewer with its snout happily open and its tail raised. Front paws are crossed in the air while he pushes off with powerful hind legs ready for the next leap. The background is a mountain backdrop, the slopes of which rise steeply to the right. On the right side, on a hill in front of the mountains, a house nestles against the mountainside.
Around above right, the name of the coin: DOGS.
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated (proof-like).
Packaging: individual coin capsule, or 30 in sealed foil (divisible into 5, 10, 20 coin strips).
Date of issue: 16 February 2022.
Issue price: 35.70 €
Coins in the animals series issued for Fiji include (ordered by design / metal / size):
- 1 oz Gold, Cats, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Antique, Cats, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Cats, 2021
- 1 oz Silver Coloured, Cats, 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Dogs, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (with coloured version), Dogs, 2022
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, Dogs, 2022
- 1 oz Silver Bullion (with coloured version), Cats - Second Issue, 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Dogs, 2023