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Obverse of 1788 Barbados One Penny
Obverse of 1788 Barbados One Penny


Reverse of 1788 Barbados One Penny
Reverse of 1788 Barbados One Penny

Barbados is the eastern-most Caribbean island. It is located at 13.4N, 54.4W. The island, which is less than one million years old, was created by the collision of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates, along with a volcanic eruption. Later coral formed, accumulating to approximately 300 feet. It is geologically unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years. The island was named Los Barbados (bearded-ones) by its discoveror the Portugese explorer Pedro a Campos. It was so named, presumably, after the island's fig trees, which have a beard-like appearance.

Barbadian Coins
The first coinage ever issued specifically for Barbados was the 1788 penny token shown. It was issued by local plantation owner Sir Philip Gibbs. The obverse shows the head of presumably a black African slave, with the motto "I Serve" beneath.
The reverse design is a large pineapple with the inscription "BARBADOES PENNY 1788". Note the original Portuguese spelling of Barbadoes. A further issue dated 1792 had Neptune as its reverse types.
Barbados has issued its own coins since 1973.

Further Information
For more information on Barbadian history and coinage please see our history page.

Coin Specifications
$25 Proof3828.28.925 Silver0.8410
$25 Normal3828.28.500 Silver0.4546
$53831.47.925 Silver0.9359
$13010.500 Silver0.1607

Notes to Table
Denomination = Face Value.
Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Weight in grams.
Alloy = Fineness of precious metal content (.925 = 92.5%).
AMW = Metal Content = Actual precious metal content in troy ounces

Prices & Availability
All prices on our websites are subject to fluctuation and availability. Please check before ordering.
DateDenominationDescriptionGradeMintageAvailabilityPrice £Price $
1788Penny   Ask£Ask$Ask
1986$2513th (XIII) Commonwealth Games ManchesterSilver Proof20,000Ask£Ask$Ask
VariousOne DollarQueen MotherSilver Proof YesSee PageSee Page
1997One DollarGolden WeddingSilver Proof60,000Ask£Ask$Ask

Mintage = Quantity issued, where known, otherwise issue limit.

Barbados Coin Sets For Sale
We have various Barbados coin sets so we have listed them on their own page.

Postage & Packing:
UK: At buyer's Risk £3.50 or
Fully Insured £9 (Usually by Royal Mail Special Delivery)
USA: Airmail at buyer's risk $10 or
Fully Insured $20
For further details, please see our Postage & Packing page.

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Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Barbadian coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

If you want to find the value of a coin you own, please take a look at our page I've Found An Old Coin, What's It Worth?

If you have an enquiry about any of our Barbadian coins, we'd be happy to answer you, but please note it may be quicker to telephone us. Please see the Contact Us page of our website. the Lowest Possible Price

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