BAHAMAS 2 dollars 1974 copper-nickel in Matte


BAHAMAS, 2 dollars, 1974, Obverse: arms, Reverse: sunrise behind flamingos, copper-nickel, KM66, mintage: 300 Matte, BU

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The Franklin Mint was founded in 1964 in Pennsylvania. In the late 60s it started contracting with small countries to make and market coins to collectors. The coins were made in uncirculated and proof qualities. In the 1970s a third quality, “matte,” was made for some types. Matte mintages were usually lower than uncirculated and proof versions.

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas are an independent group of islands in the Caribbean Sea north of Cuba. Originally inhabited by Lucayans. The Spanish enslaved the entire population and took them to Hispaniola, where most of them died. English colonists from Bermuda started living there in the 17th century. Britain took over in 1718. Some loyalists fled the American Revolution to the Bahamas, establishing the Black majority that persists today.

The North America category: the big three, the Central American nations, and a bunch of island nations and other political entities in the Caribbean Sea. Greenland we’re putting with Europe. By that criterion we should put Martinique and Aruba with Europe too, but we’re not. I’m not even sure why. Doesn’t matter anyway. Almost all of you are searching for modern coins by country, not by region.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.