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Total commemorative banknotes issued is under 1,500 pieces. If you have achieved any figures close to this, then you are doing extremely well, as many of the older commemorative notes are hard to find even in poor conditions.

Opinion: Many collectors of commemorative banknotes would have come across with those Somaliland sets overprinted with gold and silver texts with the following wordings - 5th Anniversary of Independence 18 May 1996 [Sanad Gurade 5ee Gobanimadda 18 May 1996]. I believe these are "home made" (or fake) and not authorised by the central bank. My argument is simple. No central bank would have issued an overprint commemorative banknote that the texts are so large that it would cover the two signatures on the note as well as part of the serial numbers. Even if these are genuine notes, then these could be issued as souvenir sheets and not as legal tender. As I said before, this is my opinion. If you have paid top dollars for these, please think about my argument. There is always a sucker around the corner, including me of course!

All comments are most welcome but it has to be subjects related to banknotes or banknotes collection. If not, it will not be approved. Thanks

29 January 2021

.Fiji - $50 Dated 2020 50th Year of Independence Golden Jubilee 1970-2020 Specimen

 Republic of Fiji

Reserve Bank of Fiji
(Established 1983)
Currency - Dollar (FJD)

In one of my previous posts, I uploaded the $50 commemorative polymer note celebrating Fiji 50th year of independence 1970-2020. Here I have posted the same note but issued as a specimen. It is not sure how many pieces were printed but in general, I would say between 200 to 500 pieces or even more. 

Front - Flag raising ceremony at Albert Park in Suva at 10 am on 10.10.1970 in the present of Prince Charles, Fiji first Prime Minister Sir Kamisese Kapaiwai Tuimacilai Mara (b.1920-2004), the Governor-General Sir Robert Sidney Foster (b.1913-2005) and other VIPs (all not shown), shield-of-arms, a see-through round window with the image of a government building's clock chiming at ten o'clock for the start of the independence ceremony.
Back - Six Fijian children of various ethnic backgrounds all holding a national flag running forward. A see through shield-of-arms and movement parts of a clock on the round window with the numeral 50.

In 2000, Sir Kamisese Mara was honored on a banknote when Fiji issued a $2000 millennium commemorative note. He was the first Prime Minister of Fiji from 1970 to 1992.

Governor  - Faizul Ariff Ali (appointed 11.09.2017).
Dimensions - 151mm x 67mm

Fifty Dollars
Dated 2020, Independence Flag Raising ceremony 1970

Reverse - Fijian children

Folder Front Cover

This specimen note came in a folder and inside the folder are printed with two messages by the Prime Minister of Fiji Josaia V. Bainimarama and the Bank Governor Ariff Ali.

Message from the Prime Minister;

To mark this half-century milestone of our nation's independence, may the new $50 note both symbolise our rich history and our renewed ambition for a brighter, more prosperous and more inclusive Fijian future.

Honourable Josaia V. Bainimarama
Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji


Message from the Governor

Dear Collector

It is my privilege to present Fiji's $50 commemorative banknote recognising 50 years of Fiji's independence as a nation. We are proud of this banknote which celebrates Fiji's past and bridge future - featuring the historic first raising of the Fijian flag on 10 October 1970 and the children of Fiji who will inherit the nation we build them today.

Ariff Ali
Reserve Bank of Fiji

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