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Coinage of the Bahamas

Started by <k>, March 29, 2019, 05:44:20 PM

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#15
Bahamas 10c 1971.jpg

The new legend on the obverse of the scalloped 10 cents coin.
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#16
Bahamas 15c 1971.jpg

And on the squarish 15 cents coin.
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#17
Bahamas 5c 1972.jpg

The new legend on a proof 1972 5 cents coin.
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#18
Bahamas 10c 1973.jpg


Some of the 5 and 10 cents coins of 1973 carried the legend:

"THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS".

Previously it was just "COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMA ISLANDS".


The former are Royal Mint products, whilst the latter are Franklin Mint products.

Above is the obverse of a rather worn Royal Mint 5 cents coin of 1973.

Presumably they are scarce.
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#19


Here you see that legend on a Royal Mint 10 cents coin of 1973.
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The Bahamas became independent from the United Kingdom in 1973. It chose to become a Commonwealth realm, retaining the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as its head of state. However, it chose not to use the Queen's portrait on its new coinage but opted instead for its beautiful coat of arms.

Some other Commonwealth realms, such as Barbados, Jamaica and Papua New Guinea also prefer to use their coat of arms on their coinage. To read more about how this works, click on the link below:

The Worldwide Usage of the Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II
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#21
Bahamas 1c 1974.jpg


Here you see the coat of arms on a 1 cent coin of 1974.

That was the first year that the new coinage was issued.


The country legend was amended yet again.

This time it shows simply "COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS".
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#22
Bahamas $1 1995.jpg


From 1985 to 2004, the 1 cent coin was minted in copper-plated zinc.

Previously was made of brass. It therefore changed colour.
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#23



In 2006 the Bahamas issued a new design of 1 cent coin.

Instead of a single starfish, it now depicted three.


The coin uses very different fonts from before.

Also, the reverse states "1 CENT".

Previously it was shown in words: "ONE CENT".

This was the beginning of a new design series.


It was released piecemeal, over a period of twelve years.

Royal Canadian Mint was responsible for the new designs.


The new 1 cent coin was only 17 mm in diameter.

From 1966 to 1969, the old 1 cent coin was 22.5 mm in diameter.

From 1970 onward it had been reduced to 19 mm.
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#24
Bahamas 10c 2007-.jpg


Next to appear was the new 10 cents coin in 2007.

It featured a new design of the bonefish theme.

The new font is different from that of the new 1 cent coin.
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#25
Bahamas 10c 2007.jpg

A closer look at the reverse design.
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#26



The new version of the 25 cents was not released until 2014.

However, the coins were dated 2007.

They were presumably held in storage for seven years.


The beautiful new design still showed a sloop.

It added a couple of picturesque palm trees.
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#27


A closer look at the reverse design.
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#28



The new 5 cents design was released the next year, correctly dated 2015.

The pineapple was given a fresh new look. It is a stylish design.
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#29




In late 2018, at long last, the final  new coin was issued: the square 15 cents.

It now showed three hibiscus flowers instead of one.
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