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The Coins And Banknotes Of Fiji!

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 Posted 06/13/2021  11:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pennies - Queen Elizabeth II

The last reign was interesting as many of the 1950s dates were low mintages, but after 1960 numbers went up with very high numbers in the mid to late 1960s.

The coins were minted between 1954 and 1968 and 12 years saw mintages in that reign (Only 1953, 58, 60 and 62 saw no coins).



The reverse of Elizabethan pennies.

1954 saw a decent number, but 1955 and 1956 saw low mintages of around 100k coins. The 1957, 59 and 61 issues saw moderate numbers of coins too.



I only 5 of the 12 dates, but my 60's coins are high grade and this includes a scarce 1955 penny.

Something happened in the 1960s which saw more people in the cash economy and the need for small change. Coins were issued every year from 1963 to 1968 and only pennies were issued in 1968, as in January 1969 Fiji changed to decimal currency. Sixpences and Threepences were issued through to 1967 and the other coins in 1965.

Numbers in 1964 were well over 1 million and almost 1 million each for the years 1965 to 1968.

So that is the penny, a coin in which almost 10 million were minted and as you can see, very easy to find nice ones, especially of the mid 1960s dates.

After this point, I have even less coins to show. The Threepence was a very brief coin as you will see.
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 Posted 06/14/2021  02:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add David Graham to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks PT. Another bonza thread taking shape. You may well be the person to answer a question. I know you are not onto decimal yet, but do you know if the 1969 year issue in the orange case was proof or specimen? I have seen sellers advertising as either.
Thanks
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 Posted 06/14/2021  04:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am quite uncertain here, but will research it. I suspect orange was at least Prooflike if not Proof, because like the early Kiwi Decimals, the Fijian 69 set came in two grades. Standard UNC was a blue label, so my guess is orange is better.

The plush cases that were optional were Orange as well and intended for prooflike coins.

Interesting the 1969 large dollar probably circulated as 70,000 were minted.

I will do some more research and get back to you.

I will pore heavily into decimal Fiji after Predecimal as I have nearly all of the coins.
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
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 Posted 06/14/2021  06:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Prince Tane, I second David's opinion. Great thread.
Here's a few more pennies that you haven't shown, but much lower grades though.




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 Posted 06/14/2021  06:43 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Steve, that is a good mix of dates there, 1956 is also another scarce coin.

I am getting more Fijian coins all the time and will show these a bit later as they arrive.

I am also going to Christchurch for a week from the 23rd, so will be suspending all coin activities until July 1st.

My research has also shown that on Numista and elsewhere. 1969 saw 70k of the mint sets in Pliofilm packets like NZ with a blue/green label. The Orange cased coins are considered Proofs rather than prooflike.

I can't find any images of a packet with an orange label but will assume they are also Proof. There were 10k of these issued.

Loose Uncirculated Dollars came in a plastic case with Brown surround.
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 Posted 06/14/2021  9:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Threepence coins - King George VI and Elizabeth II

This was an interesting denomination and added only in 1947 after World War 2 and possibly as the economic conditions were improving.

Between 1947 and 1953, it was the highest denomination being issued as no 6d or higher pieces were issued after 1943 or before 1953!

It was also the lowest denomination coin to be a complete coin with no holes and to show a complete portrait of the ruler.



The Crowned effigy on King George on a 1950 Threepence coin. Again the rules of colonialism dictated he must be wearing a crown.

The Obverse shows a traditional Fijian Bure (House) surrounded by 2 palm trees. It was designed by Percy Metcalfe.

There were 12 issues of this coin between 1947 and 1967. The 1947 issue had "George VI King Emperor" but 1950 and 1952 had "King George the Sixth".

I have 1950 and 1952 in VF/EF but with the usual staining and rot caused by Fiji's hot and damp climate.



Numbers minted were in the mid 6 figures and like most pre 1950s high denomination coins, which helped given there was a shortage of higher value coins after 1943.

The Elizabethan era saw 9 dates with the coins minted and for some reason I have none!

Years they were issued include 1955, 56, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65 and 67. Of these years the last 2 saw the highest mintages of nearly 1 million each. The mid 50s years had fairly low mintages of a few hundred thousand, this was typical of increased demand during the more commercial and prosperous 1960s.

If you have an Elizabethan Threepence coin, please show it. The final piece of Trivia was this coin was exactly the same size and shape as a British brass 3d issued between 1937 and 1970!
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.
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06/14/2021 9:45 pm
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 Posted 06/15/2021  12:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sixpences Part 1 - The Georges

This is the first of the "High value coins" being a silver denomination. Interesting it also had very low mintages until the time of Queen Elizabeth, early 6d are quite expensive in many cases.




A 1934 (First year) Sixpence coin.

The coin showed a sea turtle on the Obverse and the gorgeous Kruger Grey portrait of his majesty on the reverse.

The 3 years of King George V saw sixpence coins issued throughout. However a good 160k in 1934, 120k in 1935 and just 40k in 1936 means 1936 coins are scarce.

The coin was also 50% silver until 1941 and 90% for wartime coins.

The George VI series saw very low mintages for the years 1937 (With type 1 Reverse), 1938 and 1941. I have none of these coins as they are just quite scarce at 40k per year (Give me time though). If you have a coin from this period, we would love to see it.



A fairly worn (gFine) 1942S Sixpence.

1942 and 1943 again saw coins minted in San Francisco and unlike earlier coins, were 90% silver and saw large mintages of 400k per year (Nearly more than all the 6d coins minted previously).

Afer 1943, no more Sixpence coins would be issued until 1953 and these would be cupronickel coins.
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.
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06/15/2021 12:08 am
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 Posted 06/15/2021  12:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sixpences - Part 2 the Lizzies

Unlike the coins ½d, 1d and 3d - there were no issues of the 6d and higher coins between 1943 and 1953.

With the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II saw the resumption of the issuing of coins.



Reverse of an Elizabeth II Fiji Sixpence coin.

The Cecil Thomas crowned effigy of the Queen was on these coins along with the 3d, 1/- and 2/-. The effigy and wording did not change in the whole period.


I have all of the coins except the 1967.

The coins were issued in 6 years being 1953, 58, 61, 62, 65 and 67. The mintages for all dates were high with 400k each for 1958 and 1967 and 800k each year for the others. Compared to the earlier coins (Pre 1942) these figures are huge and the Elizabethan sixpences are cheap and plentiful.

Probably as the 60s wore on the coin became more useful and worth less than before. It was also useful after decimal currency as the 6d coin was the same size and shape as a new 5 cent coin.

Next the One Shilling coin!
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
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 Posted 06/15/2021  05:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
PrinceTane, some more wonderful information. Thank you.


Quote:
The Elizabethan era saw 9 dates with the coins minted and for some reason I have none!


Some of these are the only 3d coins that I do have.
(Although not stunning examples)






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 Posted 06/15/2021  06:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All good Steve and glad to see you have a lot of great Fijian coins too, especially a lot of the dates I don't have.

Don't worry about condition, I have a few stunners, but the rest are pretty usual (My Threepences won't win any prizes). Seriously the UNC pennies and halfpennies are my best examples! I don't even have any Cupronickel Florins and only 2 of the shillings.
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 Posted 06/15/2021  5:10 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great information, Princetane!

Here are two of my Elizabeth II Fiji threepences:


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 Posted 06/16/2021  06:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice Threepences guys, between us we have nearly a full set!

Adding a 1950 Halfpenny and 1941 Penny to my lineup soon too!
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
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 Posted 06/16/2021  06:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Shillings - Georges

The shilling was the second highest denomination and one of the most important along with the Penny. Compared to the Sixpence and Threepence, numbers issued were fairly high right through.



A 1934 shilling (First year - EF).

The shilling was issued most years in the silver era to 1943. A very generous 360k were issued in the first year, the highest of any 1934 coin and probably as it was the main unit of use.

Because of this, 1934 is an easy year to get a high quality example like the coin above.



1935 a less common date. - gVF

1935 saw less coins with 180k and 1936 even less with 140k.

Moving into the George VI era, numbers slump down again to just 40k per year in 1937, 38 and 1941!
Incredibly I have one of these coins a 1938



A very scarce 1938 shilling in VF or slightly better grade

And as usual with the other coins, 1942 and 1943 saw American minted coins in 90% silver. Again mintage figures are very high at 500k each, over 4x that of all the 1937, 38 and 41 coins together!

And another near perfect example to show you of one!



1943S shilling in AU - these coins are usually paler than the half silver 1934 - 1941 coins from London.

In all the shilling was a plentiful coin in all eras except the early part of George VI's reign.

However as you will see, it became less common in the Elizabethan era.

Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.
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06/16/2021 06:56 am
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 Posted 06/16/2021  07:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Shillings - Queen Elizabeth

As usual there were no shillings at all issued for a while after 1943 and then not until 1957! Again all the coins of this era are minted in Cupronickel and metalwise quite worthless.

Sixpence and Florin numbers were more plentiful, but shillings only got a boost in 1957/58. Only 5 years in Elizabeth's reign saw Shillings issued.


Queen Elizabeth Effigy on a Fijian Shilling.

1957 saw 400k new coins minted, a very high 800k in 1958 and further mintages of 200k each in 1961 and 1962. The final year of 1965 also saw a bumper issue of 800k coins - probably as they needed to last to decimalisation.


1957 and 1962 Shilling coins - VF

At this stage I have 2 of these coins, the less common 1957 and kind of scarce 1962.

The Shilling like the sixpence was also a useful coin after decimalisation, as it became 10 cents in the new money and the 10 cent coin was the same size and shape as the old shilling.

Easily a fun and easy coin for you to collect. Like the Penny the Shilling series is an easy and cheap one to complete outside of silver costs and the 3 hard years (1937, 38, 41). As usual the Cupronickel dates are very easy and the silver coins can be had for $10 or $20 for VF/EF examples for the easy years like 1934 and 1942/43S.

Next - The Florin!
Loving Halfcrowns. British and Commonwealth coins 1750 - 1950 and anything Kiwi.
If it's round, shiny and silvery I will love it.
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06/16/2021 07:04 am
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 Posted 06/16/2021  07:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add triggersmob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Once again some great information.

I only have two of the shillings and from what you say, they are the commonest years of the Elizabeth era.




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