|LOL!!! A bug has replaced the Queen!!!|
Fiji Unveils New Currency Without Queen Elizabeth's Portrait
SUVA, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- Fijian President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau on Wednesday unveiled the country's new banknotes and coins that no longer feature British Queen Elizabeth II's portrait.
Xinhua news agency reports over the last 78 years, Fiji's currency has featured members of the British royal family from King George V to Queen Elizabeth II.
In launching the new banknotes and coins, Nailatikau said: "Fijians are forever grateful to the Royal family for allowing us to use their effigies. However, it is now time to move forward as we strive to create our own identity.
"The new currency is a celebration of our national treasure and the natural beauty with which this nation is blessed."
The new notes and coins feature designs of local endemic flora and fauna, some of which are believed to be extinct.
Design subjects range from birds of the Kadavu Island and high misted forests of Taveuni Island to insects, flowers and marine species found in highland streams and in oceans around Fiji.
The Reserve Bank of Fiji began work on the new currency series in 2010 when Fiji was celebrating the Year of Biodiversity.
The new currency will begin circulation beginning Jan 2 next year.
Declared a British colony in 1874, Fiji gained independence in 1970 and became a republic in 1987.
Images below from: http://lunaticg.blogspot.com/2012/12/fiji-new-currency-pictures-video.html