The 2022 Modern British Trade Dollar 1oz Silver Proof Coin


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Strictly limited edition of just 1000 coins worldwide

One ounce of gleaming 999 fine silver

Struck to our highest Proof quality finish

Bespoke presentation case and storytelling booklet

This 2022 1oz Silver Proof Coin pays tribute to the coin’s history with a new design inspired by the original coin from the late 1800’s.

Featuring a modern interpretation of Britannia, the national personification of Britain, typically depicted as a helmeted female warrior with a trident in her hand and with her hair flowing in to waves to reflect the well-known phrase, ‘Britannia ruled the waves’.

Designed by acclaimed artist Chiara Principle, our modern Britannia faces forward with a map of the United Kingdom depicted on the globe in the background.


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

Denomination: £1

Weight: 1oz

Issuing Authority: St Helena

Diameter: 38.6mm

Issue Limit: 1000

Total Mintage: 1000


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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.