|Coin||Gold Ounce 2020 Caribbean Pelican|
The Barbadian Dollar has been the currency of Barbados since 1973, when it replaced the Eastern Caribbean Dollar. It is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or alternatively BBD $ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies.
Apart from the regular circulating coinage, the country has also authorised some foreign mints to issue commemorative and bullion coins under its jurisdiction. These are typically in standard bullion sizes, such as one ounce of gold (abbreviated as 1 oz Au, where "Au" comes from the Latin word for gold, Aurum).
The 2020 1oz Barbados Caribbean Pelican Gold Coin is part of the Caribbean Silver and Gold series by MDM, issued in partnership with APMEX.
Although the pelican is featured on the Coat of Arms of the country, the bird is rarely seen in or around Barbados. The pelican represents a small island that once existed off Barbados called Pelican Island. According to historical record, the island received its name from brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) that would nest there. Over the five years of 1956 to 1961, a southwest section of the Atlantic Ocean between the island and Barbados was reclaimed and filled in during the building of the Bridgetown Port, and now Pelican Island has become incorporated into the mainland in the Bridgetown Deep Water Harbour complex.
||Mint Mark||No mint mark
The obverse of the coin displays at its centre the Coat of Arms of Barbados: a shield which carries two Pride of Barbados flowers (the National Flower) and a Bearded Fig Tree (ficus Citrifolia). On either side of the shield are the supporters - on the right is a dolphin symbolic of the fishing industry, and on the left a pelican, after Pelican Island, a small outcrop later incorporated into the Deep Water Harbour development. Above the shield is a helmet, above which the hand of a Bajan holding two crossed pieces of sugar cane symbolic of the sugar industry. On a ribbon below, the motto PRIDE AND INDUSTRY.
Around above, the name of the country: BARBADOS.
Around below, the face value 10 DOLLARS. Divided by that, to the left and right of it, the precious metal content: 1 oz Au 999 (one troy ounce of 99.9% gold).
The reverse of the coin features an image of two pelicans facing each other. One is a close-up view and the second is smaller and somewhat in the background, standing on a pier. In the background, a representation of the ocean and clouds in the sky.
The name of the coin series, purity and year of issue is also on the reverse: CARIBBEAN GOLD around left, 1 OZ FINE GOLD .999 around right, and 2020 above that.
||CARIBBEAN GOLD 1 OZ FINE GOLD .999 2020
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in a protective capsule and presentation box, with Certificate of Authenticity.
Coins in the Caribbean Gold and Caribbean Silver series include:
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Seahorse 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Seahorse 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Pelican 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Seahorse 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Pelican 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Octopus 2021
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Seahorse 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Pelican 2022
- 1 oz Gold, Caribbean Octopus 2022
- 0.5 g Gold, Caribbean Octopus 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Seahorse 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Seahorse 2019
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Seahorse 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Pelican 2020
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Seahorse 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Pelican 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Octopus 2021
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Seahorse 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Pelican 2022
- 1 oz Silver, Caribbean Octopus 2022