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Currency images educate public

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

THE images on Fijian banknotes and coins have helped educate people of the national heritages they otherwise do not know of.

Reserve Bank governor Barry Whiteside, speaking at last week's launch of Fiji's new fauna and flora series of banknotes, said having images of some of Fiji's national heritages allowed not only the citizens but people from all over the world to appreciate Fiji's uniqueness.

"Who honestly knew what a saqamoli was before we put it on the $1 coin?" he said.

"Like the saqamoli, these Fiji treasures will become everyday reminders when we look at our coins or notes — everyday reminders to protect the uniqueness with which we have been blessed."

Mr Whiteside said the new series of banknotes and coins, which feature a number of iconic flora and fauna heritages, would make every Fijian proud because some of the species were not found anywhere else in the world.

"All Fijians will get to know and recognise the importance of what we have.

"Some of them are critically endangered and some of them are sadly believed to be extinct, since they have not been sighted for some time. So what better way to embrace and share our uniqueness and heritage than on our own currency?"