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New coin, note commemorates Fiji 7s Olympics victory
8:21 pm GMT+12, 20/04/2017, Fiji

Just like the historic gold medal win at the Rio Olympics last year, the Reserve Bank of Fiji Thursday night unveiled the new iconic $7 banknote and a special 50 cents coin.
 
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this was a way to honour the players, coaches and staff and give their victory an ever-lasting place it deserved.
 
"This commemoration is an acknowledgement not only of the tremendous feat you accomplished, but for the meaning it held for every Fijian man, woman and child," he said.
 
"Because you showed us all that while we may be small, we are strong.
 
"And when we work together, we are unbeatable."
 
To make the occasion even more special, former Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan and captain Osea Kolinisau were present among many other guests to witness the historic unveiling.
 
While the new coins and banknotes would be limited in supply, RBF Governor Barry Whiteside said the new currency would be issued into circulation today and would carry legal tender status just like any other banknote and coin for paying goods and services.
 
The primary colour of the $7 banknote is blue, synonymous to the Fiji flag, while the front of the 50 cents coin features the word "FIJI" with a picture of Ryan at the back.
 
Kolinisau and the team are featured on the banknote.
 
Meanwhile, the Olympic gold medal winning coach Ben Ryan dedicated his achievement in the 2017 Fiji Olympic Order to his mother Diane Ryan.
 
Ryan said his mother always talked about him to other people on the achievements he had accomplished and kept all his trophies and medals in her sideboard.
 
"My mom is 83 years old and she has made it her routine to wake up every morning and read The Fiji Times online updating me on what's happening in Fiji. I dedicate this achievement to her and she is always telling everyone of how proud she is regarding my achievements in Fiji for the past three years," said Ryan.
 
Ryan was awarded with the Fiji Olympic Order by the President of the republic of Fiji Joji Konrote. "I thank his Excellency for turning up in such a short notice and I'm grateful to everyone who made it possible," Ryan said.



SOURCE : FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS


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