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British Trade Dollars

1895 - 1935

The British victory in the Opium Wars gave European and American trade interests the opportunity to greatly expand into the Far East. International trade flourished and silver coins from around the world flowed into China. The coins that were used included the Spanish Dollar, Mexican Dollar, Japanese Trade Dollar, and United States Trade Dollar. The British Trade dollar was introduced in 1895 to reduce merchants reliance on foreign coins. Like the other circulating dollars, the coin was produced from silver with a millesimal fineness of 900.

The British Trade Dollar was designed by British medallist George William De Saulles and was minted fairly consistently between 1895 and 1935. The obverse features a dramatic rendering of Britannia with the date of issue below and the legend stating 'One Dollar'. The reverse has the Chinese symbol for longevity as the focal point with further characters in Chinese and Malay stating the denomination. On both sides the periphery is heavily decorated by a repeating geometric pattern and beaded border. Coins bearing the mint mark 'B' on the centre prong of Britannia's trident were produced at the Bombay Mint. Coins bearing the mint mark 'C' on the ground between Britannia's left foot and the base of the shield were produced in Calcutta. Coins bearing neither mint-mark were produced at the Royal Mint in London.

Values for higher grade coins are only available with a subscription, for subscription options, please click here. MintageVF20XF40AU50AU55AU58MS621895 Unknown      1895-B Unknown8301,9003,9007,10011,00024,0001896-B Unknown      1897 Unknown2303704405206001,6001897-B Unknown3606307708409401,8001897/6-B OverdateUnknown8501,6002,0002,2002,80010,0001898 Unknown      1898-B Unknown1703303904805909201899-B 30,743,1592203704404805001,1001900-C Unknown      1900 363,3727,80015,00019,00045,00054,000120,0001900-B 9,106,6193005106006406601,1001900/1890-B OverdateIncl. in above      1901/0-B Overdate25,684,971*4708701,0001,1001,2009,9001901-C 1,513,685      1901-B 25,684,971*2103304004304501,4001902-B 30,404,4993406007308008401,4001902-C 1,266,6181804509701,6002,3004,1001903-B 3,955,6472303804506007901,3001903/2-B OverdateIncl. in above      1904/3-B Overdate648,847      1904/1898-B OverdateIncl. in above      1904-B Incl. in above      1904/0-B OverdateIncl. in above      1907-B 1,945,726      1908-B 6,870,741401002203805601,6001908/3-B Overdate6,870,7412506401,4002,6003,9007,5001908/7-B OverdateIncl. in above6301,1001,4001,5001,6003,1001909/8-B Overdate5,954,218      1909-B Incl. in above1102103805507001,0001910-B 5,552,9102604405005906901,0001910/00-B OverdateIncl. in above      1911-B 37,470,5092103503704505009501912-B 5,672,0752203704706308301,3001913-B 1,566,693      1921-B 50,2113,7008,30015,00032,00060,000170,0001925 6,869,8532704605606006301,3001929-B 5,100,0361803504304705005501929/01-B OverdateIncl. in above      1930 6,664,865931201702002302701930-B 10,401,0323005306407007308001934-B 17,335,2052005301,1002,0003,0005,5001935-B 6,811,995      Values for higher grade coins are only available with a subscription, for subscription options, please click here. MintagePR601895-B Restrike Gold ProofUnknown 1895-B ProofUnknown 1895 ProofUnknown15,0001896-B Restrike Gold ProofUnknown 1896-B ProofUnknown 1897-B ProofUnknown 1897-B Restrike Gold ProofUnknown 12