Silver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird, Coin from Antigua and Barbuda - detailed information

Silver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird, Coin from Antigua and Barbuda
CoinSilver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird

Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign island country in the Caribbean which uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) as its currency; it is the common currency of six independent states and two British Overseas Territories. The EC$ has both common and national issues. All common circulating coins are issued under the authority of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and have no issuing country specified on them. Separately, each member country can also strike coins bearing its national symbols; these coins are legal tender in all members states, and are usually commemorative or bullion not intended for general circulation. Most of the member states are also members of the (British) Commonwealth of Nations and share the same monarch with the United Kingdom, so that the effigy of the monarch is displayed on the coins and banknotes of the currency.

Antigua and Barbuda has authorised some foreign mints to strike coins under its issuing authority for collector's purposes. Some of these are in popular bullion formats, such as one troy ounce (1 oz) of silver.

This coin is part of the fourth edition of the Eastern Caribbean 8 (EC8) series of premium bullion coins by the Scottsdale Mint, which has a new annual design for each country of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The 2021 edition for Antigua and Barbuda features a Frigatebird (also spelled as Frigate Bird).

Frigatebirds are a family of seabirds called Fregatidae which are found across all tropical and subtropical oceans. The five extant species are classified in a single genus, Fregata. All have predominantly black plumage, long, deeply forked tails and long hooked bills. Females have white underbellies and males have a distinctive red gular pouch, which they inflate during the breeding season to attract females. Their wings are long and pointed and can span up to 2.3 metres, the largest wing area to body weight ratio of any bird.

MintScottsdale Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage25,500
Obverse
Antigua and Barbuda / Silver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird - obverse photo

The obverse of the coins shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

Normally, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley) are below the portrait when it used; however, they are not displayed here.

The effigy is surrounded by a laurel wreath. The central circle has a frosted finish.

In the rim, within a plain border, around above the name of the issuing authority: EASTERN CARIBBEAN CENTRAL BANK. Around below, the legend of the monarch, QUEEN ELIZABETH II.

Facing outward, around below left the precious metal content of the coin: 1 OZ .999 SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver); around below right, the face value TWO DOLLARS.

Obverse Inscription EASTERN CARIBBEAN CENTRAL BANK QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1 OZ .999 SILVER TWO DOLLARS
Reverse
Antigua and Barbuda / Silver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird - reverse photo

Within a beaded border, the reverse design of the coin depicts a frigatebird in flight over the island, with boats visible on the ocean below.

Above, the date of issue 2021, below which on two lines the name of the country: ANTIGUA & BARBUDA.

Reverse Inscription 2021 ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: bullion proof-like.
Packaging: in capsule, with 5 coins in a sealed blister strip.

See also

Coins issued in the EC8 series in 2021 include:
- Anguilla, 1 oz Gold, Sailing Ships, 2021
- Anguilla, 1 oz Silver, Sailing Ships, 2021
- Antigua and Barbuda, 1 oz Gold, Frigatebird, 2021
- Antigua and Barbuda, 1 oz Silver, Frigatebird, 2021
- Dominica, 1 oz Gold, Imperial Amazon Parrots, 2021
- Dominica, 1 oz Silver, Imperial Amazon Parrots, 2021
- Grenada, 1 oz Gold, Coat of Arms of Grenada, 2021
- Grenada, 1 oz Silver, Coat of Arms of Grenada, 2021
- Montserrat, 1 oz Gold, Angelfish, 2021
- Montserrat, 1 oz Silver, Angelfish, 2021
- Saint Kitts and Nevis, 1 oz Gold, Shipwreck, 2021
- Saint Kitts and Nevis, 1 oz Silver, Shipwreck, 2021
- Saint Lucia, 1 oz Gold, Ginger Flower, 2021
- Saint Lucia, 1 oz Silver, Ginger Flower, 2021
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1 oz Gold, Humpback Whale, 2021
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1 oz Silver, Humpback Whale, 2021

Silver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird: Known varieties
Variety Coloured Proof
Images Antigua and Barbuda / Silver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird / Coloured Proof - obverse photo Antigua and Barbuda / Silver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird / Coloured Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 500 (included in total)
Details

Proof coin with a coloured reverse. Packaged in a special edition gift box and display case, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Silver Ounce 2021 Frigatebird: Details
CountryAntigua and Barbuda
CurrencyEastern Caribbean Dollar (Antigua and Barbuda)
Coin TypeSilver Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage25,500
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size39.000 mm
Mass31.100 g
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-QLDZ-OVRB
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