|Coin||Silver Ounce 2021 Imperial Amazon Parrots|
Dominica is a sovereign island country in the Caribbean which uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$) as its currency; it is the common currency of six independent states and two British Overseas Territories. The EC$ has both common and national issues. All common circulating coins are issued under the authority of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and have no issuing country specified on them. Separately, each member country can also strike coins bearing its national symbols; these coins are legal tender in all members states, and are usually commemorative or bullion not intended for general circulation. Most of the member states - except Dominica, which is a republic - share the same monarch with the United Kingdom, so that the effigy of the monarch is displayed on the coins and banknotes of the currency. Dominica is nevertheless a member of the Commonwealth of Nations which recognises British monarch as Head of the Commonwealth.
Dominica has authorised some foreign mints to strike coins under its issuing authority for collector's purposes. Some of these are in popular bullion formats, such as one troy ounce (1 oz) of silver.
This coin is part of the fourth edition of the Eastern Caribbean 8 (EC8) series of premium bullion coins by the Scottsdale Mint, which has a new annual design for each country of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The 2021 edition for Dominica features two Imperial Amazon Parrots.
The imperial amazon (Amazona imperialis) or Dominican amazon, also known as the sisserou, is a parrot found only on the Caribbean island of Dominica. It has been designated as the national bird of Dominica. The species is critically endangered. In 2019, it was estimated there were only about 50 mature individuals left in the wild.
The obverse of the coins shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
Normally, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley) are below the portrait when it is used; however, they are not displayed here.
The effigy is surrounded by a laurel wreath. The central circle has a frosted finish.
In the rim, within a plain border, around above the name of the issuing authority: EASTERN CARIBBEAN CENTRAL BANK. Around below, the legend of the monarch, QUEEN ELIZABETH II.
Facing outward, around below left the precious metal content of the coin: 1 OZ .999 SILVER (one troy ounce of 99.9% silver); around below right, the face value TWO DOLLARS.
The reverse of the coin depicts two imperial amazon parrots, perched together on a branch and kissing.
Above, the date of issue, 2021, and the name of the country: Dominica.
Finish: bullion proof-like.
Packaging: in capsule, with 5 coins in a sealed blister strip.
Coins issued in the EC8 series in 2021 include:
- Anguilla, 1 oz Gold, Sailing Ships, 2021
- Anguilla, 1 oz Silver, Sailing Ships, 2021
- Antigua and Barbuda, 1 oz Gold, Frigatebird, 2021
- Antigua and Barbuda, 1 oz Silver, Frigatebird, 2021
- Dominica, 1 oz Gold, Imperial Amazon Parrots, 2021
- Dominica, 1 oz Silver, Imperial Amazon Parrots, 2021
- Grenada, 1 oz Gold, Coat of Arms of Grenada, 2021
- Grenada, 1 oz Silver, Coat of Arms of Grenada, 2021
- Montserrat, 1 oz Gold, Angelfish, 2021
- Montserrat, 1 oz Silver, Angelfish, 2021
- Saint Kitts and Nevis, 1 oz Gold, Shipwreck, 2021
- Saint Kitts and Nevis, 1 oz Silver, Shipwreck, 2021
- Saint Lucia, 1 oz Gold, Ginger Flower, 2021
- Saint Lucia, 1 oz Silver, Ginger Flower, 2021
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1 oz Gold, Humpback Whale, 2021
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1 oz Silver, Humpback Whale, 2021