Five Dollars 1977 (Silver proof), Coin from Bahamas - detailed information

Five Dollars 1977 (Silver proof), Coin from Bahamas
CoinFive Dollars 1977 (Silver proof)

MintFranklin Mint Mint MarkLetters FM Total Mintage12,001
Obverse

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.

Around above, COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS.

Below the coat of arms, the date 1977.

Obverse Inscription COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 1977
Reverse

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 Inscription FIVE DOLLARS
EdgeEdge Inscription
Notes

Five dollar coins were issued for the Bahamas in 1977 in three varieties:

- silver proof (mintage 11,000).

- cupronickel special quality (mintage 801). These are polished or proof-like in appearance, without any frosted features.

- cupronickel matte coins (mintage 200). These are a normal circulation strike or a dull finish produced by sandblasting special uncirculated (polish finish) or proof quality dies.

Given that a) the silver proof coins have a higher mintage, and b) they continue the tradition of the earlier series, they are listed as the "regular" coin for 1977 and the cupronickel pieces as varieties.

Five Dollars 1977 (Silver proof): Known varieties
Variety Cupronickel special quality
Mintage Issued: 801 (included in total)
Details

These are polished or proof-like in appearance, without any frosted features.

Variety Cupronickel matte
Mintage Issued: 200 (included in total)
Details

These are a normal circulation strike or a dull finish produced by sandblasting special uncirculated (polish finish) or proof quality dies.

Five Dollars 1977 (Silver proof): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties CuproNickel special and matte
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Five Dollars 1977 (Silver proof): Details
CountryBahamas
CurrencyBahamian Dollar
Coin TypeFive Dollars (Silver)
Issued1977
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Circulation Mintage11,000
Total Mintage12,001
CurrentNo
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)45
Thickness (mm)3
Mass (g)42.1200
OCC IDXGAV-PEXA-CXPD-OMDY
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Five Dollars 1977 (Silver proof): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBahamas KM# 67a (Silver) and KM# 67 (CuproNickel)