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Official coinage for the British Virgin Islands was first issued in 1973. They went all out. The quality of design is fantastic. Gilroy Roberts, the noted designer of other coins such as the Kennedy half dollar of the United States, was up to the task of creating a spectacular numismatic aviary for this set. The obverse of this set of coins depicts Queen Elizabeth the Second in an interpretation by Arnold Machin. This set proved to be extremely popular. By the end of order 34,418 sets in this format had been issued. To accommodate this mintage, every coin in this set has a mintage of 181,000 pieces.
The bronze cent, KM#1, depict a Green-throated Carib Hummingbird as well as an Antillean Crested Hummingbird on the reverse. Appropriate that some of the bird world's smallest members would appear on this, the smallest denomination in this set.
The copper nickel five cent, KM#2, shows a pair of Zenaida Doves.
The copper nickel ten cent, KM#3, has a rendition of a Ringed Kingfisher.
The copper nickel twenty-five cent, KM#4, displays a wing-spread Mangrove Cuckoo.
The copper nickel fifty cent, KM#5, is a beautiful portrait of a rather unlovely looking bird, the Brown Pelican. Finally, on the Silver dollar, KM#6a, three Magnificent Frigates appear in flight and perched on a branch. This coin contains .7643 ounces of Silver.
This set comes with original certificates of authenticity. The coins are preserved in the original heat sealed plastics trays as sent from the Franklin Mint. Each heat sealed tray is in the original case of issue.
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