The 2022 Modern British Trade Dollar 1oz Silver Proof Coin
The fascinating story behind the creation of
Britain’s Trade Dollar
Trade Dollars were first introduced in the late 15th Century, when the ‘Spanish Dollar’ was used as a standardised currency to facilitate international trade. Minted to a consistent specification and worth eight Spanish Reales, the reliable, trusted Spanish Dollars were the original “pieces of eight”!
The first British Trade Dollar followed in 1895. These silver coins were issued to the same specification as the trusted Spanish Dollar, making it easier for British Merchants to participate in the Oriental silk, porcelain, spice and tea trade which flourished at the end of the First Opium War.
The original British Trade Dollar was designed by engraver George William De Saulles, and depicted, for the first time, a helmet-wearing standing image of Britannia holding a trident and British shield with a merchant ship in the background. Presentation pieces were struck in gold by the Bombay Mint, and carry a mint mark “B”, located in the central prong of the trident. Fewer than six original gold British Trade Dollars are thought to exist in the world today making it one of the world’s rarest gold coins.
Coin Name: 2022 British Trade Dollar 1oz Silver Proof
Alloy: .999 Ag
Issuing Authority: St Helena
Issue Limit: 1000
Total Mintage: 1000
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|THE MODERN TRADE DOLLAR COLLECTION
A fascinating collection of extremely low limited-edition gold and silver proof coins celebrating the iconic designs of the ‘defacto’ currency, the Trade Dollar. Issue over three year’s this series celebrates the nations of China, Britain, Japan, USA and France with a new modern interpretation showing the iconic symbols and personifications as used in the original coins in a modern and vibrant new design style.