Continue to search through my change looking for 2009 coins. Since leaving Charlotte, I have not been able to find another 2009 coin.

When I go to a store, I become a little excited as the cashier hands me shiny coins. If I cannot take a quick glance, which is becoming more difficult as my eyes are showing their age, I put the coins in my pocket and check when I get home.

Earlier this week I went to a local grocery store and paid with cash. I noticed the shiny copper coin that was dropped into my hand. I looked at the coin with excitement and thought I saw a Log Cabin Lincoln Cent. But there was a line and I was in a hurry to go home.

Later that evening I emptied my pocket and found the coin. Rather than seeing a log cabin it was coat of arms. A closer look was that it said “Commonwealth of the Bahamas” with the year of 2004. The reverse of the coin has star fish and the denomination of “1 Cent.”

According to The National Bank of the Bahamas, the coin is 19.05 mm in diameter and 1.58 mm thick. The Lincoln Cent is also 19.05 mm in diameter but only 1.55 mm thick. Both coins are made from copper-plated zinc.

The Central Bank of the Bahamas ties its currency to the US Dollar making it an even exchange between the currencies. In this case, a cent is worth one cent and I broke even.

Even though it was nice to find a Bahamian coin in pocket change, I am still waiting to find my first 2009 quarter, nickel, and dime.

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