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British Colonial Crown Coins : Jamaica

S Numbers refer to Spink's  Coins of England and the United Kingdom, 42nd ed., (2007)

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Jamaica was discovered by Columbus on 3 May 1494 and the Spanish settled her in 1509. In 1655 the British under Admiral William Penn captured the island. The island became a crown colony in 1866. Jamaica gained independence on 6 August 1962 and became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations having the British Monarch as the Head of State and currently the Queen of Jamaica. There was a Token coinage in place for many years of her existence but in 1825 the official Sterling coins were put into use. Jamaica adopted the Decimal system, replacing the Sterling issues, on 8 September 1969. At this time the system became based upon the Dollar which was comprised of 100 Cents

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KM-40 5 Shillings (1966)
O Arms of Jamaica, a crocodile on a log on crested shield, supporters are a man with a bow to right and bare-breasted woman with shield on left, both in grass skirts, scroll reading OUT OF MANY, ONE PEOPLE below
JAMAICA FIVE SHILLINGS (on scroll: OUT OF MANY, ONE PEOPLE)
R Date and legend in seven lines, date split by crown, chain of 20 links around in the shape of a pentagram, commemorates the 8th Commonwealth Games
1966 / VII BRITISH EMPIRE / AND / COMMONWEALTH / GAMES / KINGSTON / JAMAICA

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