Back, and just sneaking its way into 2018, is Scottsdale Mint’s Trident bullion coin. Issued for the Caribbean island of Barbados, the coin is available is once again available in one-ounce 0.999 silver, and one-ounce 0.9999 gold formats. There are no real changes from last years debut of the coin other than the replacement of the background finish of fine wavy lines, with a ‘crinkled’ finish. It’s similar to changes made by the Royal Mint with the Britannia, although in reverse.
Depicting the trident head without a shaft, symbolising the countries break from the UK in 1966, it’s a simple design, but as the Royal Canadian Mint’s Maple Leaf has proven, simple is appealing for many. The mintages are completely different to the Maple, however. The silver is capped at 30,000 pieces, with the gold limited to just 5,000.
The obverse has always been a good one. The national coat of arms of Barbados is made up of elements that suit the natural beauty of the country perfectly. The date and issuer are inscribed here and it’s all surrounded by a beaded border that has carried over from the reverse face. The coins should be available to order any time now and come encapsulated. Premiums should make the coin competitive with its competition, so we’d expect it to appeal to collectors and stackers, perhaps.