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Special order

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) has printed a limited number of special collector items of the new fauna and flora currency notes especially for ardent collectors around the world.

RBF governor Barry Whiteside confirmed this at the currency launch last week at Novotel Convention Centre in Lami.

"We have something truly special. We have a new set of currency in vibrant colours featuring true national treasures," he said.

"There will be many local and international collectors of currency notes and coins who are looking for something unique. The celebration of our biodiversity on our money is just that.

"The interest is so promising that we have already received numerous enquiries and a number of orders from banknote and coin collectors around the world even before the unveiling."

He said their coin suppliers, the Royal Canadian Mint from Canada, had printed a limited edition all-denomination set of coloured notes for the first time in Fiji's history.

"This is a one-of-a-kind coin set depicting the flora and fauna designs in their natural colours on the front of each coin.

"Specially packaged uncirculated coin sets will also be available for those who just want to own a piece of history.

"For the notes, collectors can either buy specially packaged individual denominations or the full set with matching serial numbers. Uncut banknote sheets of 20 notes and 25 notes will also be available," he said. Meanwhile, the new currency will be made available for public use from January 2, 2013.