The Central Bank of Barbados’ numismatic programme began in 1973 when the Franklin Mint of Pennsylvania produced an eight-coin proof set for the Bank. The set contained the proof replica of the (then) circulation coins: the one cent, five cent, 10 cent, 25 cent and one dollar, in addition to a silver two dollar coin featuring the staghorn coral and native West Indian reef fish, a five dollar coin with the historic Shell Fountain in Trafalgar Square (now Heroes Square) and a 10 dollar coin carrying a dramatic depiction of Neptune. The set was presented in a royal blue case.
The coins available in this proof set and in all sets and individual coins available in the numismatic programme (with the exception of the Brilliant Uncirculated Set) differ from Barbadian circulation coins as a result of the minting process. Whereas circulation coins are mass-produced, Barbados’ numismatic coins are individually struck, thereby ensuring greater quality.
In recent years, the Central Bank has shifted focus from sets to individual coins, including the Barbados: Home of the Masters cricket coins series and the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Barbados coins.
In addition to the coins offered directly through the Central Bank of Barbados, the Bank has teamed with the Scottdale Mint for the Barbados Trident Coin Programme, which includes gold and silver coins, and also participates in a royalty programme with the World Coin Association (WCA). Persons interested in purchasing these coins should contact the WCA directly.
Barbadian circulation coins are issued in four denominations: 5 cent, 10 cent, 25 cent and 1 dollar. While the Coat of Arms of Barbados is featured on the reverse of all coins, each denomination also features a unique image on the obverse. The size of the coin also varies by denomination.Read More