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 Ounce (1 oz)
2 coins (2021)
Unsorted
128 products (1977 - 2021). First 50 shown.
Product NameMintage
Five Dollars 1977 15,000
One Dollar 1977 1,500,000
One Cent 1977 1,828,000
Five Dollars 1978 5,148
One Dollar 1978 5,122
Twenty Cents 1978 5,122
Ten Cents 1978 5,122
Five Cents 1978 5,122
Two Cents 1978 5,122
Two Cents 1981 6,000
Ten Dollars 1991 Runner 40,000
One Dollar 1991 Pearl Harbour unknown
Ten Dollars 1992 Boxing 40,000
Ten Dollars 1994 Relay Race 30,000
One Dollar 1998 unknown
Ten Dollars Gold 2005 John Lennon unknown
Ten Dollars Gold 2005 Prospecting for Gold unknown
One Dollar 2005 unknown
Fifty Cents 2005 unknown
Twenty Cents 2005 unknown
Ten Cents 2005 unknown
Five Cents 2005 unknown
One Cent 2005 unknown
Two Cents 2005 unknown
Ten Dollars Gold 2007 Christ Redeemer 7,000
Ten Dollars Gold 2007 Great Wall 7,000
Ten Dollars Gold 2007 Chichen Itza 7,000
Ten Dollars Gold 2007 Machu Picchu 7,000
Ten Dollars Gold 2007 Colosseum 7,000
Ten Dollars Gold 2007 Petra 7,000
Ten Dollars Gold 2007 Taj Mahal unknown
Five Dollars Gold 2008 Daedalus unknown
Five Dollars Gold 2010 For World Peace 10,000
Five Dollars Gold 2010 Endangered Wildlife 15,000
Gold Half Gram 2010 Mother Teresa 10,000
Ten Dollars Silver 2010 SMS Gneisenau 2,500
Ten Dollars Silver 2010 Common Spotted Cuscus 2,500
Ten Dollars Silver 2010 Mother Teresa 2,500
Gold Half Gram 2010 Common Spotted Cuscus 15,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Dugong Dugon 10,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Mausoleum 5,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Lighthouse of Alexandria 5,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Hanging Gardens 5,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Statue of Zeus 5,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Great Pyramid 5,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Taj Mahal 5,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Temple of Artemis 5,000
Five Dollars Gold 2011 Colossus 5,000
Ten Dollars Silver 2011 Dugong Dugon 2,500
Five Dollars Gold 2012 Maya Calendar 5,000
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