The Front of the $10 Banknote shows “I Buburau ni Bete” (duck dish). The colour of this Banknote is purple and its size is 141 mm x 67 mm. The watermark on this Banknote has a Fijian head and electrotype 10.
The Back of the $10 Banknote shows Joske’s Thumb and Grand Pacific Hotel.
The Front of the Ten dollar Banknote depicts Fiji’s endemic “Beli” (or “Lever’s Goby”). “Beli” is one of the true freshwater fish, living all its life in fast-running fresh water as it flows over stones to which they often attach. “Beli” are often found in mid reaches of clear streams on all the high islands. Their presence in any river is an indication of good habitat quality and minimal catchment disturbance.
The Back of the Ten dollar Banknote shows the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva in 1914 and the Joske’s Thumb in the background.
The Back of the Twenty dollar Banknote features fishing, forestry, sugarcane and mining industries of Fiji. Mount “Ului-nabukelevu” in Kadavu is also featured in the background.
The Front of the Fifty dollar Banknote depicts the “Tagimoucia” (Medinella waterhousei) flower, which is Fiji’s best known flower, having been recommended for being designated as the National Flower several times in the past. The flower also figures in several songs, tales and folk-lore. The name “Tagimoucia” is synonymous with the plant in its home in upland Taveuni around the lake with the same name. “Medinella waterhousei” is also found on “Mount Seatura” in Bua.
The Back of the Fifty dollar banknote features a culture and heritage theme with descriptions of a traditional “Tabua” and “Yaqona Vakaturaga”.
The Front of the Hundred dollar Banknote shows Fiji’s “Nanai” (Cicada). Fiji has the richest fauna of cicadas in the south-west Pacific with 19 species, all of which are endemic. Cicadas are well known for their loud calls, some of which resound through Fiji’s forests. “Maka” is the common Fijian name for cicadas in general. “Nanai” is well known to the inland communities of Viti Levu as it emerges in enormous numbers once every eight years and is not seen otherwise.
The Back of the Hundred dollar Banknote shows a map of Fiji with 180 degree Meridian Line marking the dawn of a new day, smiling faces representing Fiji’s friendly people, a cruise boat for island hopping and tourists snorkelling.
A Special Commemorative Banknote: Excerpts posted on 08.04.2018:
The following Special Commemorative Banknote has been brought for collection by Jayant Biswas who was visiting us in Pune a few days ago.
This Banknote was issued after the 2016 Summer Olympics held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when Fiji's National Rugby team won a gold medal in "Rugby Sevens" category on 11.08.2016:
The following is a set of coins issued by Fiji in 2010, which depict the Queen's portrait for the last time, before a new Series of Coins was introduced without the Queen's bust.
(The above Banknotes are from the collection of Jayant Biswas. Jayant has brought the Fiji Coins of the 2010 Series from one of his trips to the USA for my collection. Article researched & Banknotes scanned by Rajeev Prasad)
Links to Posts on Australia, New Zealand and countries and Overseas Territories of the South Pacific on this blog:
1) Bank of Papua New Guinea: 36th Anniversary Celebrations (1973-2008): A Commemorative Uncirulated Coin Set consisting of a 2 Kina Banknote & a 2 Kina Coin
2) Papua New Guinea: An uncirculated coin set brought out in 1995 commemorating the 20th Anniversary of Independence
3) Currency & Coinage of the Soloman Islands: Dollars and Cents
4) New Zealand: New Banknote "Seventh Series" issued under Project "Brighter Money" from 2015 onwards
5) Coinage of the French Polynesian Island of Caledonia (or Nouvelle Caledonie) the CFP Franc
6) French Institution for issuing uniform currency/coinage for French Overseas Territories in the Pacific and the French Southern Territories of Antarctica: The Institut d'emmission d'outre Mer (IEOM)
7) Currency & Coinage of Samoa: Tala and Sene
8) Currency of the South Pacific Island Country of Fiji
9) Coinage of New Zealand: A commemorative coin set issued in 1979
10) Currency and Coinage of Australia: Dollars and Cents
11) The Australian Emblem or the Coat of Arms
12) The story of the Australian Penny
13) The Legend of the Mutiny on the Bounty: A Commemorative Coin Set from the Pitcairn Islands depicting relics from the Bounty issued in 2009
14) An Australian $5 coin issued in 1996, commemorating Australia's greatest cricketing legend - Sir Donald Bradman
15) New Series/Generation of Australian Banknotes being introduced from 01.09.2016 onwards starting from $5 issues