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Coat of Arms of Fiji

The Coat of Arms of Fiji is a heraldic device consisting of a shield divided quarterly by the Cross of St. George and charged with a gold lion at the top, supported by two Fijian warriors, one on each side, and topped with a canoe as the crest.

Adopted in 1908 by a Royal Warrant, it has been the coat of arms of Fiji since that year, having been retained after independence in 1970. The escutcheon from the arms is featured on the flag of Fiji.

Although its design was "intended to be British", the arms also incorporate symbols of Fiji. When it was granted independence on 10 October 1970, Fiji decided to retain its Coat of Arms from the colonial era.

This was partly because of its links to Seru Epenisa Cakobau, the first and last King of Fiji (Fijian: Tui Viti) who relinquished control of the country to Britain. However, the Coat of Arms featured on the flag was modified, which involved removing the crest, supporters, and motto, thus leaving only the escutcheon untouched. This was done in order to enlarge the shield and make it more prominent.

The colours and objects on the Coat of Arms carry cultural, political, and regional meanings. The Cross of St. George - which divides the shield quarterly - and the golden 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 resources, since these are key agricultural crops in Fiji. The bottom left quadrant contains a dove that symbolises peace - this was utilised on the country's flag during the reign of King Cakobau, whose government was the last before the commencement of British rule.

The crest at the top depicts a takia - a traditional Fijian outrigger canoe, in full sail - while the supporters grasping the shield on both sides are Fijian warriors. According to legend, they are twins; the brother on the left is clutching a spear, while the one on the right holds a totokia club.

At the bottom is the country's motto: Rerevaka na kalou ka doka na Tui; translated from Fijian: Fear God and honour the Queen.

Coat of Arms of Fiji - showing 18 of 18 coins
NameMintageLegend
Silver Ounce 2015 Iguana 75,000 FIJI · 2015 ONE DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2016 Iguana 75,000 FIJI · 2016 1 DOLLAR
Silver Ounce 2017 Hokusai Great Wave 52,500 FIJI · 2017 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Samurai Archives 16,500 FIJI · 2018 1 DOLLAR 1 TROY OUNCE 999 FINE SILVER
Silver Ounce 2018 Mermaid Rising 17,500 FIJI · 2017 · 1 DOLLAR ·
Silver Ounce 2018 Pacific Dollar 250,000 FIJI · 2018 · 1 DOLLAR · 1 TROY OZ 999 SILVER
Silver Ounce 2019 Castaway Seashells - Scallop 1,000 FIJI 2019 1 DOLLAR 1 OZ .999 SILVER
Gold Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Ryu 50 FIJI 2021 10 DOLLARS 1 OZ .999 GOLD
Silver Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Ryu 5,000 FIJI 2021 50 CENTS 1 OZ .999 SILVER
Gold Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Chun Li 50 FIJI 2021 10 DOLLARS 1 OZ .999 GOLD
Silver Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Chun Li 5,000 FIJI 2021 50 CENTS 1 OZ .999 SILVER
Silver Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Vega 5,000 FIJI 2021 50 CENTS 1 OZ .999 SILVER
Gold Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Vega 50 FIJI 2021 10 DOLLARS 1 OZ .999 GOLD
Silver Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - M Bison 5,000 FIJI 2021 50 CENTS 1 OZ .999 SILVER
Gold Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - M Bison 50 FIJI 2021 10 DOLLARS 1 OZ .999 GOLD
Silver Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Mini - Ryu 1,000 FIJI 2021 1 DOLLAR 1 OZ .999 SILVER CAPCOM ®
Silver Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Mini - Chun Li 1,000 FIJI 2021 1 DOLLAR 1 OZ .999 SILVER CAPCOM ®
Silver Ounce 2021 Street Fighter - Mini - Ken 1,000 FIJI 2021 1 DOLLAR 1 OZ .999 SILVER CAPCOM ®
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Coat of Arms of Fiji: Details
Year1908
CountryFiji
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