The 2021 Modern Chinese Trade Dollar 1oz Gold Proof Coin


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In 1911, during the dying embers of Empire, the last Chinese Dragon Trade Dollar was struck. Now, 110 years later, this ‘Modern’ Chinese Trade Dollar features a bold new design of a traditional mighty dragon wrapped around the globe, in tribute to the role the original coin played in Chinese trade and economic growth.

Elegant and enigmatic, the dragon’s slender form moves across the coin with fluidity and grace. The globe is represented as simple gridlines with the Chinese nation standing proudly upon it, emblazoned with the stars from the Chinese flag. Our stunning Proof finish emphasises every intricate detail of the dragon, China’s place on the globe, and The East India Company mint mark, while the obverse features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by celebrated coin designer Jody Clark.

This strictly limited Proof finish gold coin is presented in a luxurious presentation case along with a booklet and numbered certificate of authenticity.



Trade Dollars were first introduced in the 15th Century, when the ‘Spanish Dollar’ was used as a standardised currency to facilitate international trade. By the late 19th Century, Chinese trade was growing both regionally and with the West. Western nations, and China’s neighbours, required a currency to simplify the buying and selling of goods. At the same time, reforms within Chinese life were underway, many of them led by a strong female figure; the Empress Dowager, Cixi.

Cixi was intent on reforming and modernising China’s culture and economy. Her ability to read was a rare skill for a woman of her times and it enabled her to learn and understand affairs of state, both domestic and international. To help China trade more efficiently with its neighbours and the wider world she ordered the formation of a Western-style customs service and reorganised China’s standards of weights and measures, initiatives which paved the way for the creation of the Dragon Trade Dollar in 1889.

Coin Name : The 2021 Modern Chinese Trade Dollar 1oz Gold Proof Coin
Alloy: 999.9Au
Denomination : £5
Weight : 1oz
Issuing Authority : St Helena
Diameter : 32mm
Issue Limit : 100
Total Mintage : 100


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