The Central Bank of the Bahamas has issued (September 9) a new crown coin remembering the winners of gold medals during the Summer games of the XXX Olympiad 2012, hosted in London. During these unforgettable games, the Bahamian national team excelled in the men’s 4 × 400 meters relay.
The relay team, consisting of Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu, Ramon Miller, and Demetrius Pinder, triumphed and took the gold medal for this event. This was especially significant for the small Caribbean country as the Bahamas Olympic Association sent a total of 24 athletes to these games — 14 men and 10 women — who were representing athletics and swimming. Chris Brown became the nation’s first male flag bearer at the opening ceremony since 1996.
The Bahamas first participated at the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952, and have sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympic Games since then, except when they participated in the general boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics hosted in Moscow. To date, Bahamian athletes have won a total of eleven medals, all in athletics and sailing.
The coin is struck at the Pobjoy Mint, UK, on behalf of the Central Bank and depicts the four Olympians wearing their uniforms in superb detail. The wording above the portraits reads THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS, with the event they won included below.
The obverse side carries The Bahamian Coat of Arms and the year of issue.
|One Dollar||Cupro-nickel||28.2 Grams||38.6 mm.||Brilliant Uncirculated||unlimited|
|Ten Dollars||.925 Silver||28.2 Grams||38.6 mm.||Proof||10,000 pieces|
The coin is struck in two qualities and metals. The cupro-nickel coin (BU) is packaged in a unique Pobjoy Mint blue presentation pouch. The silver version (Proof) is encapsulated in an acrylic capsule for protection and housed in a red box that is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the Central Bank of the Bahamas, please visit the Web site of the Pobjoy Mint. International orders will be dispatched where applicable.