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, including the large five ounces of silver format (abbreviated as 5 oz Ag, where "Ag" comes from the Latin word for silver, Argentum). The coins are considered "Non-Circulating Legal Tender" (NCLT) because they are released at prices significantly higher that their bullion value, and are targeted at collectors and not at precious metal investors.
The specially shaped coin depicts DC Comics character Batman, famous from comic books and films.
Batman is a superhero vigilante who takes on the criminals of Gotham City in the dead of night. Created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Batman has appeared in numerous comic books, video games, TV shows, and motion pictures. Considered a symbol of hope for the good people of Gotham, Batman is consistently ranked among the most popular superheroes in history.
In the comics, Batman is secretly a billionaire named Bruce Wayne. When he was just a child, Bruce witnessed the murder of his parents by a vicious thug. Traumatised by this event, Bruce, with the help of his trusted butler Alfred, began training so that he could eventually take on the types of criminals who killed his mum and dad. Once he creates his bat suit and becomes a vigilante, Batman encounters numerous villains, including the Joker, the Riddler, Penguin, and Two-Face. Because of his devotion to justice, Batman is seen as a symbol of hope not just for the people of Gotham City, but for his legion of real-life fans, as well.
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 Coat of Arms, the name of the country and the date of issue: BARBADOS 2022, horizontally above which I AM BATMAN.
Around below, the precious metal content: 5 OZ AG 999 (five troy ounces of 99.9% silver) is divided by the face value 5 DOLLARS.
In small letters below right near the rim, the copyright notice: © & TM DC Comics (s21).
The background is decorated with small bat shapes.