RESERVE BANK HONOURS 7S CHAMPIONS
Fiji may be a tiny dot on the world map, but it caught the world’s attention on 12 August 2016 when the population of 909,024 came to a standstill as their rugby team at the Rio Games won the nation’s first ever Olympic gold medal. Skipper Osea Kolinisau, Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Leone Nakarawa, Vatemo Ravouvou, Josua Tuisova and Viliame Mata all scored tries in the win against England. It has been more than eight months now since that historic day where the 7s ruggers knelt before Her Royal Highness Princess Anne to receive their medals. On 20 April 2017 the Reserve Bank of Fiji unveiled a unique $7 banknote – the only such banknote circulating in the world – along with a 50c commemorative coin to honour our rugby Olympians. RBF Governor Whiteside said 7s rugby is a sport that is loved by all Fijians – “a sport that we excel in and a sport that continues to unite us all.” The Royal Canadian Mint produced the coins and Oberthur Fiduciare, a prominent banknote printer in France, designed and printed the notes – with a horizontal picture on one side and vertical one on the other. The currency was produced and delivered within eight months, compared to the usual 12-18 months.
Former Fiji 7s Rugby Coach Ben Ryan, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Fiji 7s Rugby captain Osea Kolinisau at the launching of the new bank note and coin earlier last month.