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1 Penny 1942, Fiji

in Krause book Number: 47a
Years of issue: 01.07.1942
Edition: 962 021
Signatures: Commissioners of currency: Mr. Robertson, Mr. Martin, Mr. Banting
Serie: Emergency Issue of Second World War
Specimen of: 01.07.1942
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 80 х 51
Printer: Commonwealth Printer, Australia

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1 Penny 1942

Description

Watermark:

Only some of the notes have it, partly "T.Edmon..1929".

Avers:

1 Penny 1942

Denomination in words centered.

coin

On the right side is an obverse of the coin 1 penny 1942.

On the background is Fijian coat of arms.

coat Fiji

Was granted by Royal Letters Patent on 4 July 1908. It was featured on the colonial ensign and its shield remains on the current flag of Fiji.

The colours and objects on the coat of arms carry cultural, political, and regional meanings. The Cross of St. George, which divides the shield quarterly and the golden lion at the top represent the United Kingdom, the former colonial power that ruled over Fiji. The cacao pod held in the lion's paw, along with the sugarcane, coconut palm and bananas occupying three of the four quadrants, represent the country's natural resources, since these are key agricultural crops in Fiji. The bottom left quadrant contains a dove that symbolizes peace - this was utilized on the country's flag during the reign of King Cakobau, whose government was the last before the commencement of British rule.

The crest at the top depicts a takia - a traditional Fijian canoe - while the supporters grasping the shield on both sides are Fijian warriors. According to legend, they are twins - the older brother is clutching a spear, while the younger one holds a war club. At the bottom is the country's motto - "Fear God and honour the Queen" (Rerevaka na kalou ka doka na Tui).

Revers:

1 Penny 1942

Stylized pattern on background.

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Reverse of the coin 1 Penny 1942.

An inscription: "Government of Fiji".

Comments:

The banknote with the lowest ever denomination that has been issued to date comes from Fiji. The one penny banknote was issued to the public in 1942. Since Fiji followed the pre-decimalised British pound monetary system at the time, the penny was worth 1/240th of a single pound, rather than the modern version of 1/100th.