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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2019, 09:18:03 PM »
Here is how the new legend looked on the obverse of the scalloped 10 cents coin.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2019, 09:22:34 PM »
And on the squarish 15 cents coin.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2019, 09:30:16 PM »
Here is how the new legend looked on a proof 1972 5 cents coin.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2019, 09:31:40 PM »
Some of the 5 cents and 10 cents coins of 1973 carried the legend: "THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS", as opposed to just "COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMA ISLANDS".

The former are Royal Mint products, whilst the latter are Franklin Mint products. Below is the obverse of a rather worn Royal Mint 5 cents coin of 1973. Presumably they are scarce.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2019, 09:41:32 PM »


Here you see that legend on a Royal Mint 10 cents coin of 1973.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2019, 09:48:30 PM »
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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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #21 on: March 29, 2019, 09:52:41 PM »
Below you see the coat of arms on a 1 cent coin of 1974, the first year that the new coinage was issued. The country legend was amended yet again, this time to simply "COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS".

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #22 on: March 29, 2019, 10:02:01 PM »
From 1985 to 2004, the 1 cent coin was minted in copper-plated zinc, instead of the former brass. It therefore changed colour.

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« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2019, 10:10:14 PM »




In 2006 the Bahamas issued a new design of 1 cent coin. Instead of a single starfish, it now depicted three. The coin uses a very different font from before, on both obvese and reverse. Also, the reverse states "1 CENT", whereas previously the denomination was shown entirely in words: "ONE CENT".

This was the beginning of a new design series that was released piecemeal, over a period of twelve years. By now the Royal Canadian Mint was producing the country's coins, so I assume that it was also 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, but from 1970 onward it had been reduced to 19 mm. Presumably that was because the first coin had been larger than the 5 cents coin, which had a diameter of only 21 mm.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2019, 10:15:57 PM »
Next to appear was the new 10 cents coin in 2007. It featured a new design of the bonefish theme. The new font is however somewhat different from that of the new 1 cent coin.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2019, 10:16:25 PM »
A closer look at the reverse design.

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« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2019, 10:21:13 PM »



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 but added a couple of picturesque palm trees.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2019, 10:21:56 PM »




A closer look at the reverse design.

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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2019, 10:25:12 PM »


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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Re: Coinage of the Bahamas
« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2019, 10:41:06 PM »



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.

Since the 50 cents coin apparently does not circulate, that means that the full new circulation set has now been released.