A sport seemingly growing in popularity, and especially in Commonwealth countries, it’s always suffered from the sheer length of each game, usually five days for Test Matches. However, efforts over the last couple of decades to make it more accessible have met with unqualified success. The T20 World Cup tournament, the latest one of which finished earlier this month and was won by England, limits each team to just one innings of twenty, six-ball overs each. As a result, it’s usually over in less than three hours, making it considerably more fast-paced, and easier to enjoy.
There ave been a few cricket coins over the years, but MDM’s latest is one of their cast, hollow, spherical offerings, usually seen reproducing a planetary body, In this case it’s in the form of a cricket ball, complete with the characteristic stitching, although that’s just colour here. On the front of the sphere sits the official logo of the tournament, held in Australia, who had won the previous World Cup.
The obverse side carries the national emblem of the issuing country – Barbados. It’s all boxed, with a frame that makes display relatively easy. A rare numismatic treat for cricket fans, the small mintage of 500, and the relatively competitive price (this is a one-ounce silver coin) give this added appeal.