Solomon Islands: Coins Issued and Used

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Solomon Islands (1978 - )
Information about what currencies were issued by Solomon Islands, with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: Solomon Islands Dollar. Used in Solomon Islands: (1977 - present)
CurrencySolomon Islands Dollar
PeriodSolomon Islands Dollar
Used1977 - present
Description

The Solomon Islands Dollar is the currency of Solomon Islands since 1977. Its symbol is "$", with "SI$" used to differentiate it from other currencies also using the dollar sign. It is subdivided into 100 cents.

The Solomon Islands Dollar was introduced in 1977, replacing the Australian dollar at par, preceding independence (which came on 7 July 1978). Until 1979, the two dollars remained equal, then for five months the SI$ was pegged at SI$1.05 = A$1, and later floated.

In 1977, coins were introduced in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 cents and 1 dollar. The cent coins were all the same sizes, weights, and compositions as the corresponding Australian coins, with the 1 dollar an equilaterally curved seven-sided coin minted in cupro-nickel. The reverse of each of the six original coins depicts the image of an item or symbol important to native culture, with the most notable being the 10 cent piece depicting Ngoreru, a local sea god from the Temoto region. In 1985 bronze-plated steel replaced bronze in the 1 and 2 cents, with nickel-clad steel replacing cupro-nickel in the 20 cents in 1989, and the 5 and 10 cents in 1990. 1988 saw the introduction of 50-cent coins, which were dodecagonal (twelve-sided) and minted in cupro-nickel. The 1988 50-cent was a commemorative piece celebrating the tenth anniversary of independence. Later issues simply depict the national crest. The 50-cent and 1 dollar went to nickel-clad steel in 2008. With a high national inflation rate, the low-value 1 and 2-cent coins fell out of use, with prices rounded off to the nearest 5 cents instead.

In 2012 new, smaller coins were introduced in denominations 10, 20, and 50 cents in nickel-plated steel and brass 1, and 2 dollar coins. The minting of the older coins had become too costly, with most of them being more expensive to produce than they were worth. Like the previous issue, these coins were minted by the Royal Australian Mint. The 2 dollar coin replaced the banknote while the 1, 2, and 5 cent coins were discontinued for having face value too low for production or practical use. Most notably, the 1 and 2 dollar coins have a close similarity to the 1 and 2 dollar coins of Australia being of nearly the same thickness, colour, and circumference. The interrupted reeding on the edges are also identical to that of their Australian counterparts, however the metallurgical compositions and weights are slightly different and respective denominations are on the opposite sizes.

Gold Two Ounces (2 oz)
1 coin (2021)
Gold Ounce (1 oz)
1 coin (2023)
Coin NameMintage
Gold Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit 150
Gold Half Gram (0.5 g)
42 coins (2019 - 2023)
Coin NameMintage
Gold Half Gram 2019 Shades of Gold - Panda: Finest Gold 2,000
Gold Half Gram 2019 Shades of Gold - Panda: White Gold 2,000
Gold Half Gram 2019 Shades of Gold - Panda: Rose Gold 2,000
Gold Half Gram 2019 Deadly and Dangerous - Red-Back Spider 7,500
Gold Half Gram 2019 Deadly and Dangerous - Great White Shark 7,500
Gold Half Gram 2019 Deadly and Dangerous - Blue-Ringed Octopus 7,500
Gold Half Gram 2019 Deadly and Dangerous - Saltwater Crocodile 7,500
Gold Half Gram 2019 Deadly and Dangerous - Eastern Brown Snake 7,500
Gold Half Gram 2019 Deadly and Dangerous - Dingo 500
Gold Half Gram 2019 Deadly and Dangerous - Spider-Hunting Scorpion 500
Gold Half Gram 2020 Shades of Gold - Lion: Finest Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2020 Shades of Gold - Lion: White Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2020 Shades of Gold - Lion: Rose Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Allosaurus 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Ankylosaurus 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Brachiosaurus 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Compsognathus 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Dilophosaurus 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Gallimimus 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Pteranodon 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Spinosaurus 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Stegosaurus 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Triceratops 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Tyrannosaurus Rex 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Velociraptor 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Koala 5,000
Gold Half Gram 2021 Shades of Gold - Koala: Finest Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2021 Shades of Gold - Koala: White Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2021 Shades of Gold - Koala: Rose Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2021 Deadly and Dangerous - Box Jellyfish 500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Deadly and Dangerous - Funnelweb Spider 500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Deadly and Dangerous - Bull Ant 500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Deadly and Dangerous - Death Adder 500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Deadly and Dangerous - Bull Shark 500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Deadly and Dangerous - Lionfish 500
Gold Half Gram 2021 Deadly and Dangerous - Stingray 500
Gold Half Gram 2022 Shades of Gold - Leopard: Finest Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2022 Shades of Gold - Leopard: White Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2022 Shades of Gold - Leopard: Rose Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2023 Shades of Gold - Red Panda: Finest Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2023 Shades of Gold - Red Panda: White Gold 1,800
Gold Half Gram 2023 Shades of Gold - Red Panda: Rose Gold 1,800
Silver Kilo (1 kg)
1 coin (2023)
Silver Five Ounces (5 oz)
1 coin (2023)
Silver Ounce (1 oz)
39 coins (2014 - 2023)
Coin NameMintage
Silver Ounce 2014 Matryoshka 5,000
Silver Ounce 2016 Matryoshka 5,000
Silver Ounce 2017 Matryoshka 5,000
Silver Ounce 2019 Matryoshka - Father Frost and Snow Maiden 5,000
Silver Ounce 2019 Great White Shark 2,500
Silver Ounce 2019 Bald Eagle 2,500
Silver Ounce 2020 Great Hammerhead Shark 2,500
Silver Ounce 2020 Matryoshka - Father Frost 5,000
Silver Ounce 2020 Tiger Shark 2,500
Silver Ounce 2020 Red-Tailed Hawk 2,500
Silver Ounce 2020 Horned Owl 2,500
Silver Ounce 2020 Giant Seahorse 2,500
Silver Ounce 2020 Santa Claus 2,020
Silver Ounce 2020 U.F.O. 3,000
Silver Ounce 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Triceratops 999
Silver Ounce 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Tyrannosaurus Rex 999
Silver Ounce 2021 Age of Dinosaurs - Velociraptor 999
Silver Ounce 2021 Matryoshka - Snow Maiden 5,000
Silver Ounce 2021 Whale Shark 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Galápagos Tortoise 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Tasmanian Tiger 2,021
Silver Ounce 2021 African Elephant 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 African Lion 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Nile Crocodile 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Guitar Pick 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Fender Telecaster 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Fender Stratocaster 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Nutcracker - Soldier 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Spirit Animals - Grizzly Bear 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Spirit Animals - Electric Fox 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Spirit Animals - Bison 2,500
Silver Ounce 2021 Retrofuturism - Rocket 2,500
Silver Ounce (x2) 2021 Bull vs Bear 2,000
Silver Ounce 2022 Matryoshka - Father Frost 5,000
Silver Ounce 2022 Black Rhino 2,500
Silver Ounce 2022 Fender Stratocaster 12,000
Silver Ounce 2022 Nutcracker - Clara 2,500
Silver Ounce 2023 Year of the Rabbit 888
Silver Ounce 2023 Fender Stratocaster 6,000
Twenty Cents (NCLT)
1 coin (2021)
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