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50 Cents 1968, Bahamas

in Krause book Number: 26a
Years of issue: 1968
Edition: 6 632 657
Signatures: Manager: Mr. T. Baswell Donaldson, Chairman: Mr. Leslie Hammond
Serie: 1968 Monetary Authority Act
Specimen of: 1965
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 156 х 67
Printer: TDLR (Thomas de la Rue & Company), London

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50 Cents 1968




Lobatus gigas, commonly known as the queen conch, is a species of large edible sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family of true conches, the Strombidae. This species is one of the largest molluscs native to the tropical northwestern Atlantic, from Bermuda to Brazil, reaching up to 35.2 centimeters (13.9 in) in shell length. L. gigas is closely related to the Goliath conch, Lobatus Goliath, a species endemic to Brazil, as well as the rooster conch, Lobatus gallus.


50 Cents 1968

Photo by Dorothy Wilding, 26 February 1952, HM The Queen Elizabeth II

HM The Queen Elizabeth II.

The first official photographic sitting with the new Queen was granted to the society photographer Dorothy Wilding. It took place on 26 February 1952, just twenty days after the accession. A total of fifty-nine photographs were taken by Wilding, showing The Queen dressed in a variety of gowns designed by Norman Hartnell and wearing jewellery including the Diamond Diadem. The photographs taken during this sitting were the basis of The Queen’s image on postage stamps from 1953 until 1971, as well as providing the official portrait of The Queen which was sent to every British embassy throughout the world. (Royal collection trust)


The Queen is wearing the George IV State Diadem. Made by Rundell, Bridge & Rundell (and likely designed by their designer, Philip Liebart) in 1820, the diadem features a set of 4 crosses pattée alternating with 4 bouquets of roses, thistles, and shamrocks. The motifs are set on a band of diamond scrollwork between two bands of pearls. Queen Alexandra had the diadem made smaller in 1902, reducing the top band of pearls from 86 to 81, and the bottom band from 94 to 88. The front cross is set with a 4 carat yellow diamond, and the piece features 1,333 diamonds in all. (Sartorial Splendor)

Necklace present from Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar

The necklace worn by The Queen, of diamond flowers and leaves, was a wedding present from Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar. The necklace was originally crafted in 1930s by Cartier. It was a wedding gift to Queen Elizabeth II, who was still a princess, on her wedding to Prince Philip from the Last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan in 1947. The Nizam of Hyderabad asked the Queen to choose two pieces from Cartier to mark her wedding, and she chose a tiara and a matching necklace based on an English rose.

The necklace was made by Cartier with 38 diamonds, with a diamond-encrusted snap. It has a detachable double-drop pendant, made of 13 emerald-cut diamonds and a pear-shaped drop, forms the pave-set center of the necklace. The design was based on English roses.

Pair of pearl drop earrings, circa 1947

Pair of pearl drop earrings, made circa 1947.

The pearls used to create these earrings were a wedding present to Princess Elizabeth in 1947 from the Sheikh of Bahrain. The diamonds used in the earrings use a variety of modern cuts. (A Royal Wedding 1947)

In these portraits she is woman first and Queen second. However, the beauty of Her Majesty in these images has been enhanced by the engraver. The original portrait, while very flattering, represents Her Majesty in a more regal aspect and with, perhaps, less distinct facial features. (Peter Symes)

Bottom center royal palm leaves.


50 Cents 1968

Straw Market Bahamas

Woman considering articles of straw on the market. The Seller, presumably, is Sister Johnson.

Sister Sarah Johnson is indeed a real person. She was a prominant figure at the straw market in the 1970s, when the market was located along the dock--before it moved to its present day location on Bay street.

The art of straw work weaving is alive and well on Harbour Island and North Eleuthera. These baskets, hats, dolls and mats are made to be sold in the local shops and straw markets of Nassau, Freeport and overseas. Miz Curline Higgs, Miss Eva Mather, Sister Sarah Johnson and Miz Jacquelyn Percentie of Harbour Island are a few of several local artisans who have mastered the art of weaving these beautiful items, and who continue to sponsor up-and-coming younger weavers from the neighboring settlements as they continue the tradition.

The Bahamian archipelago nation consists of 700 islands and located in the western Atlantic Ocean, stretches from the north - west to south - east over 800 km chain. Although in 1629 the island was captured by the British, then for more than one and a half centuries they had to fight for them with France and Spain, and some of the island became a haven of pirates. Only by 1718 the British defeated the pirates, and expelled them from the Bahamas. About these events resembled the first British colonial emblem, emerged at the turn of the XVII and XVIII centuries.

Emblem of Bahamas

The emblem shows the sailing ship under the British flag, chasing in the high seas for two pirate ships, surrounded by traditional English Coat of Arms and the garter with the Latin motto:"Trade restored by the expulsion of pirates". Placed at the top of the British Crown and below - the band with the islands names. Since the mid- XIX century, this logo has been used as a badge of colonial flag. In 1959, based on the emblem was created the first Bahamian flag in the shape of a shield. In the bottom of the previous figure was placed at the top - the crown, the motto was depicted on the tape under the shield. Coat of arms was also a new badge.

Tecoma stans

On the left - Tecoma stans or Yellow Elder 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).


In 1919 was created the Monetary Council (Currency Board). In 1968 was established the Office of Bahamas Monetary Authority, obtained the right of money issue. At June 1, 1974 were established the Central Bank of the Bahamas, which were transferred to the functions of the abolished Office of Bahamas Monetary Authority.