2019 Chinese Trade Dollar 1oz Silver Proof Coin
The fascinating story behind the issue of China’s first silver trade dollar coin
The ferocious depiction of a mythical dragon in traditional Chinese style appeared on a new silver Chinese coin in 1889, following the reorganisation of Chinese weights and measures sanctioned by the legendary Empress Dowager Cixi – one of the last empresses of China’s Qing Dynasty – in her quest to modernise China’s economy.
Arising from the surge in western merchants looking to trade with China following the opening of Opium Wars, the Chinese Trade Dollar was minted in the same specification as the trusted and preferred Spanish 8 Reales and became commonly known as ‘silver dragons’ or ‘dragon dollars’.
Issuing Authority: Niue
Denomination: ONE DOLLAR
Issue Limit – 1,888 coins
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The Trade Dollar Collection
Created by commerce, the silver trade dollars of the Orient became the ‘calling card’ for nations looking to exchange silver bullion for luxuries with the Far East.
Beautifully designed and faithfully inspired by the original Trade Dollars of Britain, United States, China, France and Japan, The Trade Dollar collection is a series of five trade dollars struck to the highest proof quality in 1oz gold and 1oz silver weights creating a five coin collection to treasure and collect.
Strictly limited edition.