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Queen Elizabeth To Be Removed From New Fiji Currency
Coins, cash in 2013 will feature Fiji wildlife, plants

By Indrani Krishna

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Nov. 29, 2012) – Fiji’s new series of banknotes and coins with new front new designs will be unveiled 12 December to come into circulation from 2 January 2013.

Royal Bank of Fiji (RBF) Governor Barry Whiteside, said flora and fauna designs of Fiji will replace the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II across all denominations.

Whiteside said that members of the British Royal Family have featured on our currency since 1934.

He said that while it is sad to see this transition taking place, it is time to move forward and promote our very own unique national treasure and the biodiversity that lies around us.

Along with the design changes, RBF will also, for the first time, replace the FJ$2 [US$1.12] bank note with a coin.

A Currency Design Committee of eminent Fijians was approved by the Prime Minister and Minister for Finance to oversee the selection of the designs as the work commenced in February 2010.

Banknote and coin tender were invited and awarded to De La Rue Currency and the Royal Canadian Mint, respectively.

All banknote and coin designs were finalized and approved in November 2011.

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