17 June, 2011

The Other Side of the Coin

A little while back, I wrote a bit about some Belizean coins that are not readily available - ones that have 'British Honduras' on them (http://winjama.blogspot.com/2011/05/for-numismatists-among-us.html). Obviously, these were minted before Belize gained its independence in 1981.

How about a coin minted shortly after independence was gained?

Here's a twenty-five cent piece, called a 'shilling' here in Belize. This side looks about the same as any other shilling currently in circulation here in Belize.
This Side Looks The Same
 Then you flip the coin over. Wow! Does this look different. Plain and ugly. I'm not sure the motto does much for me either. This side of the coin looks like a carnival token or something similar. I guess there is something to be said for esthetics - even when designing coins. You can sure tell when it's absent.
Now, This Is Different!
I found this shilling and another British Honduras shilling by simply going through my spare change bowl. Kind of a boring process, but now and then, you do find something of interest. I thought you might enjoy seeing this.


  1. One question Dave: Is the coin really two different colors or is that the computer? I'll swear that the sides have a totally different hue...

    Anyway, neat coin!


  2. Hi Julian,

    Nah, it should be the same color. Put it to my expert photo editing. I'll see if I can correct the brown one but it might not work. Do you like purple?


  3. Prefer green -- I love lime juice with my diet coke (coke light) and rum (Caribbean White).




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