The Bahamas is a collection of beautiful islands surrounded by coral reefs and crystal-clear water. This archipelago is made up of 700 islands. The Bahamas have become a major tourist destination in the past few decades with tourists escaping from cold winter weather to the warm weather offered in the Caribbean.
This week we are going to look at a wonderful note from The Bahamas. The ½ Dollar p68 2001 note is a bright multicolored note. On the front of the note, you will see a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a tiara and The Royal Family Order of King George VI (see below). The back of the note shows an image of Sister Sarah Johnson in Nassau market with fish and fruit.
The Bahamas gained its independence by a vote in The British House of Lords. Prince Charles delivered the official document to the Prime Minister of The Bahamas Lynden Pindling which officially gave The Bahamas their independence on 10 July 1973. I found it interesting that The Bahamas put a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on this banknote years after the country gained its independence. The image of Queen Elizabeth II shows her with an award worn on her shoulder. This award is The Royal Family Order of King George VI. The Royal Family Order of George VI is an honor that was given to female members of the British royal family by King George VI. Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Alexandra are the only surviving recipients of this honor. It is a rose-pink ribbon with a framed portrait of King George VI.
That back of this 50-cent note shows Sister Sarah Johnson. She was a prominent figure at the straw market in the 1970s. The market has since been moved to a location on Bay Street. Sister Sarah was a local artisan straw weaver. She wove baskets and totes with images of the Caribbean on the flat surfaces of weavings. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find more about Sister Sarah, but it seems she was a beloved figure that was frequently seen at this market.
The Bahamas p68 note is so beautifully colored. Showing two prominent figures, Queen Elizabeth II and local artisan Sister Sarah. The note also shows The Bahamas coat of arms and a map of the collection of islands. This half dollar note is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time.
Denomination: 1/2 Dollar
Pick #: 68
Depictions: Queen Elizabeth II; Baskets; Islands Map outline; Sister Sarah in Nassau market; Crest
Note Size: 6″ x 2 1/2″
Continent: North and Central America
Watermark: Sail Ship