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Modern coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens of other continents => Caribbean => Topic started by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 08:26:08 PM

Title: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 08:26:08 PM
In 1983 Bermuda issued a dollar coin and a 5 dollar coin. Both were in nickel-brass. Curiously, the dollar looks very similar in shape, size, colour and thickness to the UK pound coin, which was also released that year - or perhaps not so curiously, since the Royal Mint produced both coins.

The dollar showed a cahow, and an onion was featured on the 5 dollar coin. These coins were issued again in 1986 only, then they were demonetised in 1990. I am curious to know whether the 5 dollar coin ever circulated.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 08:27:38 PM
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The map, or bird's eye view, of Bermuda, first appeared on the 1959 crown, which was designed by Norman Sillman.

 
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 08:29:33 PM
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The map was next seen on the silver dollar collector coin of 1970. This design was the work of Michael Rizzello, who also designed Bermuda's first decimal coins. It is possible that he also designed the $1 and $5 coins of 1983; one day I will ask the Royal Mint whether that was the case.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 08:31:05 PM
The map was seen again on the collector dollar that commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Queen's reign. Bermuda is a British overseas territory and not independent.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 08:33:08 PM
And here the map is seen once more on a gold 3 dollar coin of the year 2000. The map has almost become a cliché on Bermuda's coins.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 08:56:20 PM
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Bermuda's first decimal coins, issued in 1970, did not show a map, nor did they include a dollar coin.

 

 
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 08:58:30 PM
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As a young collector, I particularly liked the angelfish design.



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But everybody's favourite seems to be the boar on the 1 cent coin.

 
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 09:08:39 PM
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The white-tailed tropic bird on the 25 cents coin.

 
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 22, 2014, 09:12:47 PM
Any Britons old enough to remember the first official UK decimal coins set, that was sold from post offices in the late 1960s, will recognise the style of this similar Bermudian set.  The outline of the islands is shown on the pack.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: Pabitra on July 23, 2014, 09:19:20 AM
I am curious to know whether the 5 dollar coin ever circulated.

Bermuda's first decimal coins, issued in 1970, did not show a map, nor did they include a dollar coin.

5 Dollar coin was never a circulation coin.
1 Dollar coin is now in regular circulation.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 23, 2014, 11:31:46 AM
5 Dollar coin was never a circulation coin.

As I suspected. It was a large denomination for those days.

1 Dollar coin is now in regular circulation.

The new coin was introduced in 1988 and is significantly larger than the old, being 26.2mm in diameter. It portrays a dinghy, instead of the bird over the island.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 23, 2014, 12:25:14 PM
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A detailed look at the dollar dinghy design.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: Pabitra on July 23, 2014, 12:36:32 PM

The new coin was introduced in 1988 and is significantly larger than the old,

Unlike most of the other countries, 50 cent was stopped somewhere in between.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 23, 2014, 05:03:42 PM
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The last 50 cents coin (for circulation) was issued in 1988. Probably this is due to the American influence. I've never visited the USA, but apparently the half dollar coin is not popular there, and I've never heard any reasons why that is the case.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: Pabitra on July 23, 2014, 10:10:32 PM
Most of the Island nations in the region  have been avoiding that denomination.
Bahamas and East Caribbean Islands are main examples.

By the way, what does that Coat of Arms signify?
The shield appears to reflect either sinking of Titanic or symbolises Bermuda Triangle :-(
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on July 23, 2014, 11:13:39 PM
By the way, what does that Coat of Arms signify?
The shield appears to reflect either sinking of Titanic or symbolises Bermuda Triangle :-(

From Wikipedia:

The coat of arms of Bermuda depicts a red lion holding a shield that has a depiction of a wrecked ship upon it. The red lion is a symbol of England and alludes to Bermuda’s relationship with that country. The wrecked ship is the Sea Venture, the flagship of the Virginia Company. The ship was deliberately driven onto the reefs of Bermuda, by Admiral Sir George Somers, in 1609, to prevent it from foundering in a storm. All aboard survived, resulting in the settlement of the island. The Latin motto under the coat of arms, Quo Fata Ferunt, means “Whither the Fates Carry [Us]”.
Title: Re: Modern coinage of Bermuda
Post by: <k> on February 20, 2020, 01:23:47 PM
See also:

1] The Worldwide Usage of the Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,10156.0.html)

2] Where to find the British Overseas Territories on this forum (http://www.worldofcoins.eu/forum/index.php/topic,46574.0.html)