• 5 Cents 1966-1970, KM# 3, Bahamas, Elizabeth II
  • 5 Cents 1966-1970, KM# 3, Bahamas, Elizabeth II
Description

The Bahamas is an archipelagic state within the Lucayan Archipelago. It consists of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, and is located north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands, southeast of the United States state of Florida, and east of the Florida Keys. The capital is Nassau on the island of New Providence.

The Bahamas is the site of Columbus' first landfall in the New World in 1492. The Bahamas became a British crown colony in 1718, when the British clamped down on piracy. After the American War of Independence, the Crown resettled thousands of American Loyalists in the Bahamas; they brought their slaves with them and established plantations on land grants. Africans constituted the majority of the population from this period. The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining the British monarch, then and currently Queen Elizabeth II, as its head of state.

The obverse of this coin also comes muled with the reverse of a New Zealand 2 cent coin, KM# 32. This undated 1967 error is listed as New Zealand KM# 33.

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara was a wedding present in 1947 from her grandmother, Queen Mary, who received it as a gift from the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland in 1893 on the occasion of her marriage to the Duke of York, later George V. Made by E. Wolfe & Co., it was purchased from Garrard & Co. by a committee organised by Lady Eve Greville. In 1914, Mary adapted the tiara to take 13 diamonds in place of the large oriental pearls surmounting the tiara. At first, Elizabeth wore the tiara without its base and pearls but the base was reattached in 1969. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara is one of Elizabeth's most recognisable pieces of jewellery due to its widespread use on British banknotes and coinage.

ELIZABETH II BAHAMA ISLANDS

Reverse

Pineapple (Ananas comosus) divides date above garland.

FIVE CENTS
19 69

Edge

5 Cents

2nd portrait
KM# 3 Schön# 2
Characteristics
Material Cupronickel
Weight 3.87 g
Diameter 21 mm
Thickness 1.44 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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