Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama last night launched the commemorative $50 banknote and 50cents coin to mark Fiji’s 50th year of independence.

Prime Minister Bainimarama said at the launch at the Grand Pacific Hotel that the new currency represented Fiji’s rich past and also our remarkably bright future.

“I’m proud to announce that this cherished moment in Fijian history has been immortalised on the front of a newly-designed $50-dollar banknote. With highlights of Fiji blue, bright yellow and the familiar orange of our 50-dollar bill, the commemorative polymer $50-banknote is strikingly vibrant and colourful, adding to Fiji’s already-beautiful collection of bills known around the world for their tropical flair,” he said.

“You’ll notice that an image of the Government building clocktower with a transparent clock face that opens to the bill’s back, is shown chiming 10 o’clock, the exact moment when our new flag was raised to the mast-head.

“I see the true Fiji when I turn to the back of the bill. Here we see our future, the children of Fiji who will inherit the nation we build for them today. Children who see each other not for their background, ethnicity, or religion but see each other equally as Fijians with the world at their feet.

“We also have the honour of unveiling a commemorative Fiji-50 cent coin, one that is exceptional in its own right, as the first-ever coloured coin to be released in Fijian history.”

The Prime Minister also announced at the event that specially-packaged Fiji-50 cent coins will be given out to each and every child from years 1 to 13 in primary and secondary schools throughout the country.

“Starting tomorrow, the Reserve Bank of Fiji, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Education, will work to distribute commemorative coins to schools over the next few weeks. It’s my hope that these coins find a special place in the lives of Fijian children everywhere, sitting cherished on bookshelves, or stored among their prized-possessions.”

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