|Coin||Silver Ounce 2019 Emerald Isle of the Caribbean|
Montserrat is a British overseas territory 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 are also members of the (British) Commonwealth of Nations and 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.
Montserrat 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 second 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 2019 design for Montserrat highlights the island as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean.
Montserrat is nicknamed "The Emerald Isle of the Caribbean" both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland, and for the Irish ancestry of many of its inhabitants.
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.
Within a rim decorated with Celtic motifs, the reverse of the coin depicts a Celtic harp, on a background strewn with four-leaf clovers reminiscent of the shamrock: all of these symbols allude to the Irish settlers who immigrated to Montserrat from 1632 onwards.
Around above, the name of the country: MONTSERRAT, below which the date of issue 2019. Around below, the nickname of Montserrat - EMERALD ISLE OF THE CARIBBEAN.
Finish: bullion proof-like.
Packaging: in capsule, with 5 coins in a sealed blister strip.
Coins issued in the EC8 series in 2019 include:
- Anguilla, 1 oz Gold, Lobster, 2019
- Anguilla, 1 oz Silver, Lobster, 2019
- Antigua and Barbuda, 1 oz Gold, Rum Runner, 2019
- Antigua and Barbuda, 1 oz Silver, Rum Runner, 2019
- Dominica, 1 oz Gold, The Nature Isle, 2019
- Dominica, 1 oz Silver, The Nature Isle, 2019
- Grenada, 1 oz Gold, Diving Paradise, 2019
- Grenada, 1 oz Silver, Diving Paradise, 2019
- Montserrat, 1 oz Gold, Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, 2019
- Montserrat, 1 oz Silver, Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, 2019
- Saint Kitts and Nevis, 1 oz Gold, Brown Pelican, 2019
- Saint Kitts and Nevis, 1 oz Silver, Brown Pelican, 2019
- Saint Lucia, 1 oz Gold, Flamingo, 2019
- Saint Lucia, 1 oz Silver, Flamingo, 2019
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1 oz Gold, Island Hopping, 2019
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, 1 oz Silver, Island Hopping, 2019