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New coin confusion

Ropate Valemei
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

STRIKING similarities between the new $2 coin and the $1 saqamoli are causing confusion among members of the public.

The size, colour and weight issue has been the most talked-about subject for shopkeepers, bus operators and retail owners recently in the Central Division.

Suva shopkeeper Bimla Wati said she made a few mistakes when issuing the new $2 coin as change.

"Since receiving the new coins last week, it has been confusing," Ms Wati said.

"There were times when I accidently gave a few customers the $2 coin instead of the $1 saqamoli.

"But this happens during busy hours," she said. She urged the appropriate authorities to carefully look into this issue.

Island Buses Limited director Ravendra Kewal shared similar sentiments saying the two coins were very confusing.

"Some of the drivers are not really educated and the public can fool them. The drivers are now aware of the difference," Mr Kewal said. He said it would take time for the drivers to identify the difference before issuing the correct change to passengers.

"The $1 saqamoli should be smaller than the $2 coin so that it can be easily identified and inconveniences can be avoided."

"Some people can differentiate between the two coins in its new form but confusion arises after the shiny $2 coins fade.

Fiji Bus Operators Association president Richard Lal said they had not received any complaints from bus operators on the confusion of the coins.

However, Fiji Retailers Association president, Himmat Lodhia said the public would eventually become familiar with the coins.

"Of course there will be teething problems but the public will get used to it in the future," Mr Lodhia said.