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1 Dollar 2008, Bahamas

in Krause book Number: 71
Years of issue: 2008
Edition: 26 219 314
Signatures: Governor: Mrs. Wendy M. Craigg (01.06.2005 - 01.01.2016)
Serie: 2008 Issue
Specimen of: 2008
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 157 х 67
Printer: Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire SA, Colombes

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1 Dollar 2008




Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling and denomination 1, in circle.


1 Dollar 2008

Lynden Oscar Pindling

Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling KCMG PC JP (22 March 1930 – 26 August 2000), is regarded as the "Father of the Nation" of the Bahamas, having led it to majority rule on 10 January 1967 and to independence on 10 July 1973. He served as the first black premier of the Colony of the Bahama Islands from 1967 to 1969 and as Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 1969 to 1992. He was leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) from 1956 to 1997 when he resigned from public life under scandal.

Pindling won an unbroken string of general elections until 1992, when the PLP lost to the Free National Movement (FNM) led by Hubert Alexander Ingraham. He conceded defeat with the words: "the people of this great little democracy have spoken in a most dignified and eloquent manner (and) the voice of the people, is the voice of God".

Pindling was a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, and he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1983.

Kyphosus sectatrix

The fish Kyphosus sectatrix (Bermuda sea chub) is above, as hologram image.

Max length: 76 cm; max. published weight: 6 kg.

Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12. Gray overall, with faint yellow lines on side and yellow line from corner of mouth to preopercle. Upper part pf opercular membrane blackish. The young may display pale spots nearly as large as eye on the head, body and fins. Each jaw with a regular row of close-set, strong, incisor-like, round-tipped teeth of a peculiar hockey stick-shape, their bases set horizontally, resembling a radially striated bony plate inside mouth.

Western Atlantic: Canada to Massachusetts, USA and Bermuda southward to Brazil, including Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Eastern Atlantic: south of Morocco to Gulf of Guinea; St. Paul's Rocks, Ascension and St. Helena. Rarely found in the Mediterranean and off Madeira.

Inhabits shallow waters, over turtle grass, sand or rocky bottom and around coral reefs. Young commonly found among floating Sargassum seaweeds. Feeds on plants, mainly on benthic algae, as well as on small crabs and mollusks. Also feeds on spinner dolphins’ feces and vomits at Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, southeast Atlantic. The offal feeding may be regarded as a simple behavioral shift from plankton feeding to drifting offal picking. (

Mellita quinquiesperforata

The Bank of Bahamas logo are on left side and in top left corner (as special symbols).

It is Mellita quinquiesperforata or Keyhole Sand Dollar - a tropical species of sand dollar, a flat, round marine animal related to sea urchins, sea stars, and other echinoderms.

The selection of the sanddollar as the logo of the Central Bank was made by the first Governor, Mr. T. B. Donaldson, who, in addition to wanting something Bahamian, was "intrigued by the elegance and history" of this unusual specimen of marine life, of which an interesting legend exists. The markings on the shell of the sanddollar are said to symbolize the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ".

On the background, top, is a map of Bahamas.

Denominations in numerals are are in three corners. In words in center.


1 Dollar 2008

On right side is, again, The Bank of Bahamas logo (as special symbol).


The world famous Royal Bahamas Police Force Band has been, for a long time, a major cultural icon throughout the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The rhythmic beats and harmonic tones that the sharply dressed military musicians produce are crowd pleasers for local and international audiences.

The RBPF Band was formed in 1893 by Commandant F.C. Halkett. In his Annual Police Report for that year, Halkett informed the Bahamas' Assembly that he was "successful in forming certain members of the Force into a Band sufficiently creditable to be able to perform once a week for the amazement of the public, and which has become a public institution." The expenses incurred in its formation were defrayed entirely from money in the Reward Fund, without government or public expense. Halkett also noted that the group's practices or public performances did not hamper the discharge of their duties as police officers.


Consisting of only twelve trained musicians (players) and two musicians at the beginner's level (learners), the Band performed at official functions as well as weekly concerts that were opened to the public. The Band would host concerts each Friday evening at the Garden of Remembrance, known then as the Library Green. During several performances and concerts exercises, civilian musicians assisted the Band, as the number of full time members was rather a small. These civilians were normally called upon to assist whenever the group had to attend a marching engagement. During the early 1900s, the growing necessity for the instruments resulted in Mr. Leon E.H. Dupuch, founder and editor of The Tribune, raised funds to obtain new instruments.

The Band was officially recorded and recognized as a full time division of the Force on September 3, 1958, under the command of Superintendent D.J. Morgan, as the Director of Music. Its members moved from Police Headquarters and operated from the Force's Oakes Field compound. (Royal Bahamas Police Force)


The police band was featured on the Bahamas Telecommunications Company's pre-paid telephone calling card.


The William Britains Company of the United Kingdom has long been famous for its toy soldiers cast in lead and painted by hand. The company has made countless toy soldiers and today they are highly sought after collector's items. While the Britains firm made toy-cast British soldiers such as the Royal Marines and Grenadier Guards, they also produced, in the 1950s, a limited set of the Bahamas Police Band in marching formation. These extremely rare pieces sell today for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in the international collectibles market. (RBPF, Island of Bimini, Bahamas)

Coat Bahamas

The Coat of Arms of the Bahamas is centered, a little to the right side from center.

It contains a shield with the national symbols as its focal point.

The escutcheon (shield) is supported by a marlin and flamingo. The crest on top of the helm (helmet) is a conch shell, which represents the varied marine life of the island chain. Below the helm is the escutcheon itself, whose main charge is a ship, reputed to represent the Santa Maria of Christopher Columbus. It is sailing beneath a sun in the chief. The animals supporting the shield are the national animals, and the national motto is found at the bottom. The flamingo is located upon land, and the marlin upon sea, indicating the geography of the islands.

The vibrant tinctures of the coat of arms are also intended to point to a bright future for the islands. They are also reputed to have been maintained for their attractiveness to tourists.

The Coat of Arms was approved by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on 7 December 1971 for use by the Bahamian People and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. It was designed by Bahamian artist and clergyman, Rev. Dr. Hervis L. Bain, Jr., who is also a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Tecoma stans

Centered, a little to the right side of center, is Tecoma stans or Yellow Elder.

It is a species of flowering perennial shrub in the trumpet vine family, Bignoniaceae, that is native to the Americas. Common names include yellow trumpet bush, yellow bells, yellow elder, ginger - thomas. Tecoma stans is the official flower of the United States Virgin Islands and the floral emblem of the Bahamas.

The Yellow Elder was chosen as the national flower of the Bahamas because it is native to the Bahama Islands, and it blooms throughout the year.

Selection of the yellow elder over many other flowers was made through the combined popular vote of members of all four of New Providence's garden clubs of the 1970s - the Nassau Garden Club, the Carver Garden Club, the International Garden Club, and the Y.W.C.A. Garden Club.

They reasoned that other flowers grown there - such as the bougainvillea, hibiscus, and poinciana - had already been chosen as the national flowers of other countries. The yellow elder, on the other hand, was unclaimed by other countries (although it is now also the national flower of the United States Virgin Islands).

Denominations in numerals are in three corners. In words - in lower left corner.


The signature on banknote belongs to:

Mrs. Wendy M. Craigg

Mrs. Wendy M. Craigg.

Mrs. Craigg has served as Deputy Governor of the Bank and a member of the Board of Directors, since 1997. Prior to this she headed the Research Department, where she commenced her employment with the Bank on 17th July 1978.

A graduate of St. Augustine's College, Mrs. Craigg attained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York and further obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Miami and a Master of Arts in Economics from Fordham University. Her professional training includes a Certificate in Financial Analysis & Policy from the International Monetary Fund Institute and a Certificate in Central Banking from the Swiss National Bank. Mrs. Craigg has also participated in numerous specialized courses and seminars in economics.

In her professional capacity, Mrs. Craigg has published a number of papers on economic issues and has served on a number of Boards, Working Groups and Committees. The latter include: past member of The College of The Bahamas Banking Advisory Committee, The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and United Nations Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Working Group on Implementation of Capacity to Pay. She presently serves as a Director on the National Insurance Board, Co-Chair of the Trade Commission, as an Executive Committee member of the Caribbean Centre for Monetary Studies, and Lead Negotiator for The Bahamas on the FTAA Services Negotiating Group.

A career central banker, Mrs. Craigg has been closely involved in a number of initiatives to enhance the delivery of domestic banking services including the ongoing payments system modernization initiative and Automated Clearing House (ACH).