Five Dollars 1978 (Silver proof), Coin from Bahamas - detailed information

Five Dollars 1978 (Silver proof), Coin from Bahamas
CoinFive Dollars 1978 (Silver proof)

MintFranklin Mint Mint MarkLetters FM Total Mintage8,175

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 1978.

Obverse Inscription COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 1978

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

Five dollar coins were issued for the Bahamas in 1978 in two varieties:

- silver proof (mintage 6,931).

- cupronickel special quality (mintage 1,244). These are polished or proof-like in appearance, without any frosted features.

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 1978 and the cupronickel pieces as varieties.

Five Dollars 1978 (Silver proof): Known varieties
Variety Cupronickel special quality
Mintage Issued: 1,244 (included in total)

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

Five Dollars 1978 (Silver proof): References to Information Used
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Five Dollars 1978 (Silver proof): Details
CurrencyBahamian Dollar
Coin TypeFive Dollars (Silver)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
Face Value5 (x Dollar)
Circulation Mintage6,931
Total Mintage8,175
Material0.925 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Size45.0000 mm
Thickness3.0000 mm
Mass42.1200 g
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Five Dollars 1978 (Silver proof): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBahamas KM# 67a (Silver) and KM# 67 (CuproNickel)