Original French Indo-China Piastre de Commerce



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Original Silver Trade Dollar Coin – Various dates from 1895-1928

To celebrate the success of our Trade Dollar Collection we are pleased to offer these original French Indo China Piastre de Commerce silver coins available in various dates and guaranteed to a Fine/Very Fine condition. Hold in your hand one of the original trade dollars of the Orient.

A perfect addition to your Trade Dollar Collection.

Presented in a luxury EIC red pouch each coin is presented in a protective capsule.

Dates vary and cannot be selected by the customer.

All coins are guaranteed to a F/VF condition.



The history of the French Trade Dollar

Known as the INDOCHINA “LIBERTE” PIASTRE DE COMMERCE, this magnificent silver coin was initially introduced with the same specifications as the Spanish piece of eight equalling 24.4935 grams pure silver, later reduced to 24.3 grams in 1895. Created to facilitate trade in the French Indochinese Union created in 1887 it was used throughout the entire Indo-Chinese colonies, to create a much more stable economy.

The Piastre, distinctly French in appearance, depicted elements from the Great Seal of the Second French Republic which was designed in 1848 by engraver Jacques-Jean Barre. It was his son Albert who designed the Indochinese Piastre coins with the family name of BARRE appearing below the personification’s foot.

The Piastre de commerce was initially closer in value to the American silver Dollar than it was to the French Franc. After the First World War, the Indochinese Piastre was one of the last coins to adhere on the silver standard which remained in place until 1930. Production of the French Indo-China Piastre de Commerce coins which included the smaller denomination copper coins of ½ cent and one cent and silver coins of 10, 20 and 50 cents based on the Seated Liberty Piastre designs were minted at the Monnaie de Paris.

The final one Piastre coins depicting this beautiful design was produced in 1928.


Condition – Fine/Very Fine

Dates of Issue – 1895 – 1928



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