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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the commemorative Rugby 7s banknote and coin in Suva last night.
He says the commemoration is an acknowledgement not only of the tremendous feat Fiji accomplished but the meaning it has for every Fijian.
“The image that we choose to place on our coinage carries enormous importance because it says so much of who we are as a nation. Our national narrative is woven into depictions and symbolisms on our currency and together those images proudly display our story to the world. This is for every woman and every child because you showed us that while we maybe small – we are strong and when we work together, we are unbeatable. In Fiji, rugby is an intimate part of our collective identity and no nation has the passion, the energy and the raw emotion that Fijian ruggers and fans bring to the game.”
Former Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan told FBC news that the note and coin show the hardwork and sacrifice of all the players.
“It’s really amazing and I had a vision of what the note might look like but this is a beautiful looking note and it’s full of color and I am so pleased that everyone in that group, the coaches, the management the players and the Prime Minister their all in that picture. It was a team effort and it’s brilliant that we’re part of history now.”
Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor, Barry Whiteside says the new seven dollar note and fifty-cent coin will be circulated in commercial banks from today.
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