The universe of colorful circulating coins is growing.
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank in October is issuing a
circulating commemorative $1 coin featuring color. Like several other
colorful circulating commemorative coins, this new coin was struck by
the Royal Canadian Mint.
This ECCB coin is the 22nd colorful circulating
commemorative coin from around the world, and the 18th struck by the
RCM (another colorful coin announced but not yet released will honor the author of In
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The 2015 $1 coin marks the 50th Anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean
Currency Authority banknotes and the 32nd Anniversary of the bank. The
new colorful coin is the same shape and size as the existing
circulating $1 coin.
The reverse of the coin includes some of the features of the ECCA
one-dollar banknote no longer in circulation. Imagery includes Queen
Elizabeth II, two fish and colorful water.
The obverse will carry the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II.
The Royal Canadian Mint, which has been minting Eastern Caribbean
currency coins for the past five years, and employs pad printing
technology in the production of the new colorful coin. This method
represents the next step in the evolution of painted coins and results
in greater resistance to wear and tear, according to the bank.
The ECCB was established in 1983 and is the monetary authority for:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada,
Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Canada has issued 15 colorful circulating coins; Australia follows with four issues made at the
Royal Australian Mint. Papua New Guinea and New Zealand each have
issued one colorful coin, but both of these were struck by the RCM.
No mintage figure was released by the Eastern Caribbean Central
Bank, and no release date had been announced.