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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!

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24 January 2021

.Fiji - $7 Specimen Note Dated 2016 Olympic Game Gold Winning Commemorative, s. Barry Whiteside

Republic of Fiji
(since 1987)

Reserve Bank of Fiji
Currency : Dollar (FJD)

This is the commemorative specimen note of the $7 which was first released on 20.04.2017. This note is dated 2016 and was issued to celebrate Fiji winning the Rugby Sevens Gold medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Olympics games. This is indeed a very proud achievement for this tiny nation in the pacific region. This is the first time that Fiji have won a gold medal in any sports in the Olympic Winter or Summer Games. Apart from Australia and New Zealand, to date, I believe Fiji is the only pacific nation that has won an Olympic gold medal. The other pacific nation that came close in winning a gold medal was the Kingdom of Tonga. In the 1996 Atlanta USA Olympics games, Tonga won a silver medal.

The Fiji National Rugby Sevens Team is the greatest rugby sevens team in the world as they are the only nation that have won the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Rugby Sevens Olympic game.

Unlike all previous banknotes printed by De La Rue since 1914, this commemorative note was printed by the French security printing company, Oberthur Fiduciaire.

Here I have posted the specimen commemorative note. This note is perforated cancelled with the word "SPECIMEN".

Signature - Barry Whiteside (tenure 2010-2017 including acting Governor)
Printer - Oberthur Fiduciaire, France (no imprinter name printed) ;
Quantity - Banknote 2.0M pieces;
Prefix - AU (as in gold) and AZ (replacement)
Colour - Predominantly blue
Dimensions - 67mm x 139mm

This specimen note uploaded here has a control number of 0860. It is not sure how many pieces were printed but judging by this number, it is expected at least 1000 pieces or even more (ie 1,500).

Obverse - Fijian flag, Vertically oriented. Team captain and flag bearer Osea Kolinisau running/charging with a rugby ball in his left hand. The team coach, English born Ben Ryan sitting on the Sigatoka Sand Dunes in pensive thought mode. Fijian Coat of Arms. Year date 2016 in gold colour.

Reverse - "Fiji Rugby 7s Gold Olympians" team with the Prime Minister Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and team officials celebrating the win. Bainimarama is also the President of the Fiji Rugby Union. This is the first time a sitting Prime Minister is appearing on a banknote in Fiji.

Seven Dollars Specimen (AU prefix)
Dated 2016, Team Captain Osea Kolinisau, Fiji national flag, coach Ben Ryan (sitting), Coat of Arms, P120s
Reverse - Team group photo with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama

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