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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

20 August 2022

..Fiji - $7 2022 Tokyo Olympic Games 2016 And 2020 Commemorative Bank Notes Two Notes Folder Set

  Republic of Fiji

Reserve Bank of Fiji
(Established 1983)
Currency - Dollar (FJD)
Further to my previous posting on 09.04.2022, here I have posted a folder issue of two $7 commemorative note of Fiji issued in 2017, and 2022.
These two notes were issued to celebrate Fiji's tremendous achievement in its sporting history since Melbourne 1956. In Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic games, Fiji men won the Rugby 7s gold medal for the first time. In Tokyo 2020(2021), the men team successfully defended their title, and not just only this, but for the first time, the women team also won a bronze medal too. Needless to that, this is their best performance results for the country by winning two medals in one Olympics.

On 28.03.2022, a $7 banknote was issued to celebrate this wonderful achievement. Apart from the single note, and uncut sheet, it also put together a folder set with the 2017 and 2022 notes. These two notes are from the normal issues, and as such there are no differences from those issued for circulations earlier. 

For more details about this issue, please refer to my original post dated 09.04.2022.
Seven Dollars
Dated 2016, Team Captain Osea Kolinisau, Fiji national flag, coach Ben Ryan (sitting), Coat of Arms.
Front - 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.
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 - 140mm x 67.5mm

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.
Reverse - Team group photo with Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama

 Seven Dollars 2020(2022)
Fiji Rugby 7s Women team members huddle during the Tokyo Olympics 2021 games

Front -  Fiji Rugby 7s Women team members huddle during the Tokyo Olympics 2021 games. The bronze medallion is printed on the left side of the note.  

The note features the watermark of Ms Reapi Ulunisau with a rugby ball running. She competed in the women's Rugby 7s game at the Tokyo Olympics 2021.
Governor - Ariff Ali (appointed 11.09.2017)
Printer - Oberthur Fiduciaire France
Dimensions - 140mm x 67mm
Back - The Fiji Rugby 7s team singing the National Anthem after receiving their gold medals. On the left is the Captain Jerry Tuwai gesturing and thanking god and on the right is the National Coach Mr Gareth Baber in pensive thought mode. Baber took over the coaching role in 2016 and his role is now taken over by Ben Gollings since December 2021. The coach for the 2016 team that won their first Olympics gold was Ben Ryan. It would be interesting to see if the men team can win again in 2024, in Paris, France. Ben Gollings's term is for 3 years, and he is expected to lead the team in Paris 2024. Just say this, but with no pressure, Ben! The women team is headed by coach Saiasi Fuli. No doubt that if the Fiji men team wins again. we would expect another banknote to commemorating this wonderful achievement. Again Ben Gollings, no pressure!
Fiji Rugby 7s team singing the National Anthem after receiving their gold medals

Front Folder Cover


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