Fiji honors 2016 Rugby Sevens gold medalists on new 50-cent coin

Rio Olympic winners coins circulating with mintage of 1 million
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Published : 05/01/17
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A new coin in Fiji celebrates the national team’s gold medal win at the Rio 2016 Olympics. 

The 2017 Fiji Rugby Sevens 50-cent coin was unveiled April 20, along with a circulating commemorative $7 note. 

Reserve Bank Governor Barry Whiteside, said that “7s rugby is a sport that is loved by all Fijians, a sport that we excel in and a sport that continues to unite us all.”

Planning for the circulating commemoratives began shortly after the team won at Rio. The coin was originally planned to feature color, a first for Fiji.

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Color, though, presented many technological hurdles, including the “high possibility that the paint would come off the coins with constant circulation,” Whiteside said, adding, “Rather than totally forsaking the project, we decided to have at least something for everyone at the lowest cost possible — something that our children could get their hands on and hold on to.”

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One million of the legal tender coins have been issued. 

The obverse of the 50-cent coin features the year date, nation’s name and the denomination, joining a representation of the Fijian coat of arms. 

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