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Jamaica Gold Coins

Brief Jamaica History

Jamaica is one of the Caribbean Islands discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494. It was settled by the Spanish in 1509, but was taken by the British in 1655, and formally ceded to Britain in 1670 at the Treaty of Madrid. It became a Crown Colony in 1866. In 1958 it joined the West Indies Federation, but left in 1961, gaining independence in 1962, although it remains a member of the British Commonwealth.

Jamaican Coinage

Jamaica's first coinage was counterstamped Spanish coins from 1758, being replaced by sterling in 1825. From 1880 distinct Jamaican coins were issued, A decimal coinage in dollars was introduced in 1969.

Jamaica Gold Coins

Apart from the early countermarked Spanish coins, no Jamaican gold coins were issued before decimalisation, the earliest being 1972. All Jamaican gold coins are commemoratives.

Technical Specifications

DenominationDiameterWeightFinenessGold Content
250 Dollars (1978 - 1979)3943.22.9001.2507
250 Dollars (1980 - 1993)2611.3400.900.3275
100 Dollars (1975 - 1976)267.83.900.2265
100 Dollars (1978 - 1979)2611.3400.900.3281
100 Dollars (1983 - 1984)217.13.900.2063
100 Dollars (1987 - 1993)2611.34.900.3275
100 Dollars (1995 - 1998)2615.98.999.5213
100 Dollars (1998)2615.97.9167.4706
50 Dollars247.7760.5833.1458
20 Dollars2715.7484.500.2531

Notes on Table

Diameter = Diameter in millimetres.
Weight = Gross weight in grams.
Fineness = purity of gold alloy.
Gold Content = Actual gold content in troy ounces.

1972$20Tenth Anniversary of IndependenceUncirculated30,000
1975$100Columbus Discoverer of JamaicaProof21,000
1979$10010th Anniversary of Prince Charles InvestitureProof, FDC2,891
1979$25010th Anniversary of Prince Charles InvestitureProof, FDC1,650
1984$250Decade for WomenProof, FDC559
1987$100100th Anniversary of Birth of Marcus GarveyProof, FDC500
1995$50Queen Mother's Wedding PortraitProof, FDC5,000

Postage & Packing

UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10 per order
USA Insured Shipping $20 per order

Jamaican Silver and Base Metal Coins

For silver and base metal coins of Jamaica, please look at our original Chard Coins website.

Coins Wanted
We make an active market in almost all world coins, gold or otherwise, including Jamaican gold coins. If you have any of these coins to sell, please contact us, or post them to us for appraisal and offer.

Reverse of 1972 Jamaica 20 Dollars Uncirculated

Reverse of 1972 Jamaica 20 Dollars Uncirculated

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Reverse of 1979 Jamaica  Gold Proof 100 Dollars

Prince Charles on Reverse of 1979 Jamaica Gold Proof 100 Dollars

Marcus Garvey on Reverse of 1987 Jamaica  Gold Proof 100 Dollars

Marcus Garvey on Reverse of 1987 Jamaica Gold Proof 100 Dollars


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