Commemorative currency launched in Fiji to mark 50th independence anniversary

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SUVA, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF), Fiji's central bank, launched on Wednesday a commemorative 50-Fijian-dollar (about 23 U.S. dollars) banknote and a 50-Fijian-cent coin to mark the island nation's 50th anniversary of independence from Britain.

Unveiling the commemorative banknote and coin, Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the new banknote and coin both symbolize Fiji's rich history and its renewed ambition for a brighter, more prosperous and more inclusive future.

"It's truly a stunning piece to mark this milestone, and one that I am confident will be treasured by Fijians for years to come," he said, adding that "It is 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."

The prime minister announced that to ensure Fijian children embrace the pride and joy of this historic milestone event, the RBF in coordination with the Ministry of Education will provide all school children in the island nation a commemorative coin as a memento of Fiji's golden jubilee.

According to Ariff Ali, governor of the RBF, only a limited number of the commemorative banknote and coin have been produced, and will be issued into circulation from Thursday as legal tender.

On Monday, Fiji started its week-long celebrations to mark the island nation's 50th independence anniversary. As part of the celebrations, Fiji also launched on Monday the official song "Children of Fiji."

On Saturday, the Fijian military will parade in the Albert Park in the capital city of Suva while Fiji Airways, the country's national carrier, will operate a special flight around the nation.

Fiji gained its independence from Britain on Oct. 10, 1970. Enditem

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