Fiji issues $7 note to commemorate Olympic sevens win

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The two sides of Fiji's new $7 bill and the two sides of Fiji's commemorative coin minted in honour of their Olympic gold-winning rugby sevens team.

The two sides of Fiji's new $7 bill and the two sides of Fiji's commemorative coin minted in honour of their Olympic gold-winning rugby sevens team. (Photo: Fijian Government / Facebook)

SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The government of Fiji is issuing two million $7 banknotes to commemorate the Pacific island nation's gold medal victory in rugby sevens at last year's Rio de Janiero Olympics.

The banknotes, which are legal tender and are the only known $7 notes in circulation in any country, were released through bank branches on Friday.

A $7 Fijian banknote is worth approximately $3.35.

Former Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Fiji 7s coach Osea Kolinisau at the launch of the banknotes and coins commemorating Fiji Rugby 7s Gold medal win at Rio 2016 Olympics. Fijian Government / Facebook
Former Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Fiji 7s coach Osea Kolinisau at the launch of the banknotes and coins commemorating Fiji Rugby 7s Gold medal win at Rio 2016 Olympics. Fijian Government / Facebook
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Governor Reserve Bank Barry Whiteside show the new commemorative notes during the launch this evening. Photo: Fijian Government / Facebook
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Governor Reserve Bank Barry Whiteside show the new commemorative notes during the launch this evening. Photo: Fijian Government / Facebook

Fiji's reserve bank will also issue one million 50-cent coins with the image of England-born Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan on one side and Fiji players hoisting the Olympic trophy on the other.

Announcing the release of the notes and coins on Friday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said Fiji's gold medal success showed that despite its small size it could compete with the best in the world.

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