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Bahamas, 1969 proof set of 9 coins, opened


Brass 1c, Cu-Ni 5c, 10c, 15c, Ni 25c, 0.800 silver 50c and 1 dollar, 0.925 silver 2 and 5 dollars, 1969. KM 2-10.  

The coins comprise: Nickel-brass 1c (22.5 mm), Cu-Ni 5c (21mm), 10c (23.5mm), 15c (25mm), Ni 25c (24mm), 0.800 silver 50c (29mm) and 1 dollar (35mm), 0.925 silver 2 (41mm) and 5 dollars (45mm), 1966.  Obverses and reverses designed by Arnold Machin (1911-99), British artist, sculptor and coin designer, who also designed Britain's first decimal coins.. The reverses depict: a starfish, a pineapple, two bonefish, a hibiscus flower, sailing boat (Bahamanian sloop), a blue marlin, a conch shell, two flamingos (the national bird of the Bahamas), and the Bahaman coat of arms. 

 In official Royal Mint case of issue. The silver coins have been taken out of the sealed pack, but are FDC as issued.

From 1825 until 1965 the Bahama Islands used British coins and the British currency system. In 1966 the system was changed to dollars and cents, influenced by the proximity of the USA and the large number of tourists.


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