Fiji is perhaps best-known among numismatists as the original nation of issue for the Silver Taku coin from the New Zealand Mint. However, Fiji’s contribution to silver coinage extends beyond this one coin program and includes a variety of low-mintage collectible coins issued in recent years as part of the groundswell of comic-themed coinage. You can explore all of the Fiji silver bullion coins and collectible issues in depth below.
The Fiji Silver Taku coin debuted from the New Zealand Mint in 2010 as an annual-issue silver bullion coin. The reverse side of the coins featured the same design in each year, while the obverse side had an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II between 2010 and 2012 with a new design of the Fiji coat of arms in 2013.
On the obverse side of 2010-2012 Silver Taku coins, the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II features in the fourth-generation design Ian Rank-Broadley created for the Royal Mint of England in 1998. This design was used for the first two years, but following a political conflict between England and its former colony in Fiji (as well as a military coup in Fiji), the Queen’s effigy was removed in 2013 in favor of the coat of arms for Fiji. This design includes a crest with symbols of the seafaring history of the island nation and is flanked by two Fijian figures.
The reverse face of all Fiji Silver Taku coins includes an image of the hawksbill turtle swimming through the waters of the South Pacific. The hawksbill is found anywhere from the northern tip of New Zealand’s north island to the waters off of Fiji and nearby Niue. The hawksbill turtle design has remained the same since 2010. While the coins were issued for Fiji (2010-2013), the design on the reverse included a sliver of mirrored finish that included the word “Fiji Taku,” which is the name for the hawksbill turtle in the local dialect. Each issue of the Fiji Silver Taku included:
In 2014, the coin series was reissued for the nation of Niue as the Niue Hawksbill Turtle coins. The design on the obverse reverted to the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, while the only change on the reverse is the use of “Turtle” in place of the previous “Fiji Taku” engraving.
In 2019, a truly distinctive series of 2 oz silver coins were issued for the island nation of Fiji. Known as the Fiji Marvel Icons Series, these 2 oz silver bullion coins have antique polish applied and depict the masks of various Marvel Comic superheroes with 3D coin designs. Each coin contains 2 Troy oz of .999 pure silver and bears a face value of $5 (Fijian dollars) backed by the Reserve Bank of Fiji. Although the coin designs themselves are impressive, that is hardly the only unique selling point for these coins.
The packaging of the individual Fiji Marvel Icons Series coins is one-of-a-kind. Each individual coin is housed inside of a protective black box with the domed side of the coin bearing the mask design facing upward. Inside each coin is a silver foil Certificate of Authenticity. The COA itself includes an additional 2 Grams of pure silver content and features colorized artwork depicting the specific superhero featured in that release. Available designs in this series to date include:
On the reverse side of each domed Fiji Marvel Icons Series coin is a flat surface with the image of the Fijian coat of arms. This seal includes the quartered shield of Fiji topped by a Polynesian sailing vessel. It is supported on either side by native Fijian figures and inscriptions on this face of the coins include “Fiji 2019,” “2 oz,” “.999 Fine Silver,” and “5 Dollars.”
One of the first major collectible coin series from Fiji was the Captain America: Civil War collection released in timing with the feature film of the same name. The six-coin collection included four individual designs of popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a 2 oz coin that was divisible into individual 1 oz coins that included the central figures: Iron Man and Captain America. The list of superheroes for individual release included:
Each individual 1 oz silver coin had .999 pure silver content and was a proof specimen. The coins had colorized obverse designs of the superheroes and depicted the Fijian coat of arms on the reverse side. The coins had an individual face value of One Dollar authorized by Fiji and shipped in protective capsules with collectible tins. There was also an impressive lunchbox tin available for the six-coin release.
All of the Captain America: Civil War silver coins were issued with a mintage cap of 3,000 coins and struck by Sunshine Minting. This private American coining operation is one of the nation’s largest private mints and also provides silver bullion blanks to major bullion programs at mints such as the United States Mint and Royal Canadian Mint.
Another prominent Fijian coin series is the Fiji Pearl Lunar Series. These coins follow the popular Chinese Lunar Calendar with designs that change for each lunar year. The series debuted in 2012 and offers limited-mintage proof coins rather than bullion issues as other programs do. The coins of the Fiji Pearl Lunar Series are actually struck by the Royal Canadian Mint on behalf of Fiji.
The obverse side of the coins includes the image of creatures representing the lunar calendar year to match the date mark. In the center of each design is a pearl, a symbol of knowledge and immortality in Chinese culture. The coins have 1 Troy oz of .999 pure silver content and a Ten Dollar face value.
On the reverse face of the coins, you’ll find the Fijian crest in the center of the design field. Perhaps one of the more unique facets of the design of these coins is the use of an ornate circle around the crest. In this circle are each of the 12 animals that feature in the Chinese Lunar Calendar represented in artistic renditions. Each coin is limited to 8,888 in total and comes with a commemorative display box and Certificate of Authenticity.
In recent years, Fiji has authorized the issue of other comic-themed coins in its name. Among the options are anniversary coins such as the 2016 30th Anniversary of the Dark Knight Returns from the original DC Comics and the 75th Anniversary Captain America Shield Coin.
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