|Coin||Two Dollars 1978 (Silver proof)|
At centre, Coat of Arms of The Bahamas: a shield, depicting the Santa Maria ship of Christopher Columbus below a rising sun, supported by a marlin and a flamingo; the shield in surmounted by a helmet with a conch shell and leaves; below on ribbon, FORWARD UPWARD ONWARD TOGETHER; around, COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS; below, the date 1978.
Two flamingos (national bird of the Bahamas) facing each other, sunrise or sunset in the sea in the background, wreath of flowers surrounding the bottom half. The mint mark of the Franklin Mint (monogram letter F on letter M) is in the lower right.
Around above, denomination TWO DOLLARS.
Two dollar coins were issued for the Bahamas in 1978 in two varieties:
- silver proof (11,000).
- cupronickel special quality (mintage 1,067). 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.