|Coin||Gold Ounce 2021 Caribbean Seahorse|
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 2021 1oz Barbados Caribbean Seahorse Gold Coin is part of the Caribbean Silver and Gold series by MDM, and the fourth issue highlighting one of the most unique fishes in the ocean, the seahorse. Seahorses are truly unique, and not just because of their unusual equine shape. Unlike most other fish, they are monogamous and mate for life. Rarer still, they are among the few animal species on Earth in which the male bears the unborn young. A baby seahorse is called a fry.
Seahorses are found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. These upright swimmers are relatives of the pipefish and can range in size from 1.5 to 35 centimetres long.
||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 seahorses facing each other. One is a close-up view and the second is smaller and somewhat in the background. In the background are graphics representing the waves of the ocean, an ocean plant and air bubbles formed by the wildlife in the sea.
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 2021 below.
||CARIBBEAN GOLD 1 OZ FINE GOLD .999 2021
Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in a protective capsule and presentation box, with Certificate of Authenticity (branded by APMEX, as exclusive distributor).
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