TRINIDAD and TOBAGO silver 5 dollars 1972


TRINIDAD and TOBAGO, 5 dollars, 1972, Obverse: TENTH ANNIVERSARY (of Independence), Reverse: scarlet ibis, independence, silver, 0.8832 ozT, KM15, Proof

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Trinidad was home to Arawak and Carib peoples when Columbus stopped by in 1498. It was he who named the island Trinidad. He saw Tobago but didn’t visit. Spanish slavers began to visit the islands to capture and deport people to other colonies. Efforts to create working colonies flagged, piquing the interest of Dutch, French, and English adventurers. People from or in the pay of one or another of those European countries fought over the islands in the 18th century. Starting in 1802 it was held by the British until Independence in 1962. It became a republic in 1976.

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.