It is the breath-taking scarlet ibis that appears on Trinidad and Tobago's $5 dollar coins. Both the bird and the coin are very striking.
These coins were minted between 1971 and 1982, with 1972 and 1982 as 10- and 20-year anniversaries. Some coins are made of silver, and some are made of copper-nickel. The silver ones, of course, are more valuable. But even the lowly copper-nickel composition gets some attention from numismatists (coin collectors), perhaps because of the scarlet ibis. Mintages are held artificially low, and this tends to drive the price up a bit.
SILVER $5 DOLLARS, 1971 TO 1981: 0.883 troy ounces silver
SILVER $5 DOLLARS, 1982: 0.892 troy ounces silver
COPPER-NICKEL $5 DOLLARS: no silver content
There is no sure-fire way of determining if your coin is silver or copper-nickel. Consult a jeweler to be sure.
ALL DATES, SILVER
worn: $12 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $25
ALL DATES, COPPER-NICKEL
worn: $3 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $4
well preserved: $10
fully uncirculated: $16