Gold Half Gram (0.5 g), Coin Type from Barbados - detailed information

Gold Half Gram (0.5 g), Coin Type from Barbados (issued 2021 - )
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)

The Barbadian Dollar has been the currency of Barbados since 1973, when it replaced the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively BBD $ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies.

Apart from the regular circulating coinage, the country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. Some of these are in the half gram (0.5 g) of gold mini-coin format. These coins are considered Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) and not bullion, because they are usually sold at prices much higher than the intrinsic value of their metal.

Obverse
Barbados / Gold Half Gram (0.5 g) - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin displays at its centre the Coat of Arms of Barbados: a shield which carries two Pride of Barbados flowers (the National Flower) and a Bearded Fig Tree (ficus Citrifolia). On either side of the shield are the supporters - on the right is a dolphin symbolic of the fishing industry, and on the left a pelican, after Pelican Island, a small outcrop later incorporated into the Deep Water Harbour development. Above the shield is a helmet, above which the hand of a Bajan holding two crossed pieces of sugar cane symbolic of the sugar industry. On a ribbon below, the motto PRIDE AND INDUSTRY.

Obverse Inscription BARBADOS [year]
Reverse
Barbados / Gold Half Gram (0.5 g) - reverse photo

Various designs as listed individually below.

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Advertising
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Gold Half Gram (0.5 g): Details
CountryBarbados
CurrencyBarbadian Dollar
From2021
Face Value10 (x Dollar)
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Gold
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.000 mm
Mass0.500 g