Trinidad and Tobago 1-CENT (KM29) Hummingbird
There are over 20 species of hummingbird in Trinidad and Tobago, none of which are called "Balisier Hummingbird" which is what the Krause catalogue (and everyone else) calls the bird on this coin. The "balisier" part of the coin is the flower that the hummingbird is feeding on.
The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago makes no reference to the specific species of hummingbird, and I suspect the coin is meant to represent all the different hummingbirds found on the islands.
I received an email in February 2020 from Matt, who tells me that the literature in the 70s era proof sets contained the words "the beautiful Balisier, an unusally large hummingbird." Perhaps the name is used locally, but is nice to find the source of the confusion. Thanks, Matt!
- Diameter: 17.7 mm
- Composition: Bronze
- CAT#: KM29