Scottsdales latest Fijiian limited mintage silver bullion coin is the striking Mermaid Rising

Scottsdale Mint has launched the first of its limited mintage silver bullion coins for 2018. Staying with the nautical theme used for last years Fijiian coin – Hokusai, The Great Wave – the subject this year is an interesting bit of stylistic design depicting a mermaid.

Called Mermaid Rising, the coin shows parts of a mermaid breaking through the surface of the water. A clever piece, the coin looks clean and uncluttered with just the coin name and composition inscribed on it. The obverse has the Fijiian national emblem in its centre, surrounded by the inscribed issuer, date and denomination. Available only as a one-ounce 0.999 silver coin, the mintage is a very tight 15,000 pieces – less than a third of last years issue.

As they often do, Scottsdale have also made a coloured proof version to sit alongside the bullion coin. The design is the same, but struck to a higher proof standard and coloured on its reverse face. This variant comes in a white box with a certificate of authenticity. Its mintage is capped at 2,500 pieces.

A good-looking coin we think, with a mintage limit that should generate excellent collector appeal with bullion buyers. Unlike some of Scottsdale’s other issues, we don’t believe this one will see a gold variant. This Fijiian series is turning into quite an attractive range. Available to order now.


The legend of an actual Fiji Mermaid has been around since the 1800’s when a sailor found what he thought was an actual mermaid in the Fiji Islands.  The original object was exhibited by P.T. Barnum in Barnum’s American Museum in New York in 1842 and then mysteriously disappeared.  It is assumed that one of the many fires suffered by Barnum destroyed the “Mermaid.”

The 1 oz Fiji Mermaid Rising Silver Proof-Like and Color Commemorative Proof coins feature a beautiful and mystical mermaid rising from the depths of the ocean.  The obverse of each coin features the elegant Coat of Arms of the Republic of Fiji.

The coins, manufactured and distributed by Scottsdale Mint and legal tender in the Republic of Fiji, are struck in .999+ silver and weigh 1 troy ounce each.  The proof-like coins will ship to you encapsulated on packaging sleeves of five (5) coins.  The color-commemorative proof coins will ship in commemorative gift boxes.

DENOMINATION $1 Fiji $1 Fiji
COMPOSITION 0.999 silver 0.999 silver
WEIGHT 31.1 grams 31.1 grams
DIAMETER 38.60 mm 38.60 mm
FINISH Proof-like Proof
MINTAGE 15,000 2,500
BOX / COA No / No Yes / Yes