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Coin: Five Dollars 1974 (Silver proof)

CountryBahamas CurrencyBahamian Dollar
Face value5 (x Dollar) TypeFive Dollars (Silver)
Year1974 CurrentNo
Mintage126,000 (126000)
NameMint markMintage
Franklin Mint Letters FM 126,000 (126000)
Material0.925 Silver Designer
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II Effigy
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)45 Thickness (mm)3
Mass (g)42.1200

The new Coat of Arms of the Bahamas as approved by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 7 December 1971 for use by the Bahamian People and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The escutcheon (shield) is supported by the national animals, a marlin and flamingo. The flamingo is located upon land, and the marlin upon sea, indicating the geography of the islands. The crest on top of the helm (helmet) is a conch shell, which represents the varied marine life of the island chain. Below the helm is the escutcheon itself, whose main charge is a ship, reputed to represent the Santa MarĂ­a of Christopher Columbus. It is sailing beneath a sun in the chief. The national motto "FORWARD, UPWARD, ONWARD TOGETHER" is found in a ribbon at the bottom.


Below the coat of arms, the date 1974.

Obverse inscription COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 1974

The flag of the Bahamas, consisting of a triangle situated at the hoist with three horizontal bands. Around above, the denomination FIVE DOLLARS.

The mint mark of the Franklin Mint (monogram letter F on letter M) is in the field below.

Reverse inscriptionFIVE DOLLARS
Edge Edge inscription

Five dollar coins were issued for the Bahamas in 1974 in two varieties:

- silver proof (mintage 94,000)

- cupronickel regular quality (mintage 32,000)

Given that a) the proof coins have a higher mintage, and b) they continue the tradition of the earlier series, they are listed as the "regular" coin for 1974 and the cupronickel pieces as a variety.

Five Dollars 1974 (Silver proof): Known varieties
Cupronickel 32,000 (included in main number)
Five Dollars 1974 (Silver proof): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBahamas KM# 67a (Silver) and KM# 67 (CuproNickel)
Five Dollars 1974 (Silver proof): References to Information Used
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties CuproNickel
Bullion Star - Buy and Store Gold and Silver in Singapore
Bullion Star - Buy and Store Gold and Silver in Singapore
List of all (13) coins of type: Bahamas / Five Dollars
Five Dollars 1966 Five Dollars 1969 Five Dollars 1970 Five Dollars 1971 Five Dollars 1972 Five Dollars 1973
Five Dollars 1974 (Silver proof) Five Dollars 1975 (Silver proof) Five Dollars 1976 (Silver proof) Five Dollars 1977 (Silver proof) Five Dollars 1978 (Silver proof) Five Dollars 1979 (Silver proof)
Five Dollars 1980 (Silver proof)