IT'S one thing to win a gold medal at an international sporting event and yet another to have your winning jump engraved on a national coin.
Champion athlete Iliesa Delana was startled by the overwhelming recognition of his winning jump which now features on the new 50 cent circulation coin unveiled at the Reserve Bank of Fiji yesterday.
While unveiling the new-look minted commemorative coin with central bank governor Barry Whiteside, Delana said he was surprised at the recognition but dedicated his achievement to the Almighty, his family, friends, coach, sponsors and the people of Fiji.
"I was saying that I didn't deserve it, only the Queen goes there. At times, I still find it hard to believe that we have achieved this win," he said.
"It still feels like a dream. This win is not only a win for me but for Fiji and the South Pacific as well."
Delana won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games for the F42 high jump event.
Mr Whiteside said they produced only 500,000 coins for this special issue.
He said the 50 cent denomination was the largest coin in their existing family and given its size, he felt the designs could be prominently featured without losing any of the details of the historic win.
"This is the first time that we have featured a sportsperson on our coins," he said.