Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Silver of the Week 7/12/10
The Bahamas conch shell dollar is a simplistically beautiful coin that I very much admire. It captures the spirit of the Bahamas and coastal living without needing a complex allegory or an overly detailed scene. It is also interesting because sea shells were used as money in some aboriginal cultures, so it is somewhat analogous to how some coins depict wheat stalks, fish, or fur-trade animals (like the beaver or buffalo). The imagery, face value, and metal composition creates continuity between ancient barter, early money, silver money, and modern fiat.
It is .4666 ounces of silver. I am not sure what its purity is.