The Trinidad and Tobago dollar was established in 1964 with
coins soon following in 1966. This coin set contains 1,5,10, 25 and 50 cents
with 1 dollar.
The obverse of coins in this set feature the Trinidad and
Tobago coat of arms. On the center is a shield with two hummingbirds and below
it is the three ships Christopher Columbus used on his voyage, La Niña, La
Pinta and Santa Maria. To the left is the Scarlet Ibis and sitting below it are
the Trinity Hills of Trinidad. On the right is a Corico bird with islands below
it represents Tobago. Finally, the country’s motto “TOGETHER WE ASPIRE,
TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE” are printed on the bottom of each coin.
The reverse of each coin is unique to the denomination it
corresponds to and an image depicts part of the country’s heritage. On the 1 cent is a hummingbird sucking nectar
from a flower and the 5 features a Bird of Paradise with the coins
denomination, both cast in bronze. The 10 and 25 cents coins both feature
flowers with the 10 having a hibiscus flower and the 25 having a Chaconia
flower, the national flower of Trinidad and Tobago. The 50 contains 5 kettle
drums and hands playing one drum. Lastly, the one-dollar coin has the words
“FOOD FOR ALL” engraved to bring awareness to the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nation’s cause to end world hunger.