The existence of various forms of trade dollars arose in the 19th century as the popularity of the silver Spanish dollar in China and East Asia grew. Spain’s colony in the Philippines became a hub of trade through the region and as other nations looked to gain access to Chinese and other ports in the region, the number of trade dollars issued around the world grew. Now, 2019 1 oz Silver Chinese Trade Dollar Coins are available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you inside of individual plastic capsules or tubes of 18 coins!
- Third unique design of trade dollar coinage!
- Mintage limited to 5,000 coins only!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of One Pound Sterling by St. Helena.
- On the obverse side is a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II.
- The reverse face features the imperial dragon issued on Chinese Trade Dollars by Empress Cixi.
At various points in the 19th century, countless nations issued their own trade dollar designs. This was based on the collective assumed value of silver as a form of currency at the time, rather than relying on the growing variety of national fiat currencies. Most trade dollars were based on the Spanish silver dollar, providing a foundation for the weight, diameter, and purity of other trade dollars.
Examples of popular trade dollars during this century included the US Trade Dollar with the Seated Liberty design and the British Trade Dollar with a depiction of Britannia. By 1889, the Qing Dynasty in control of China had lost two Opium Wars against Great Britain and had begun issuing its own trade dollars for merchants to use in its ports and other ports throughout the region.
The reverse of the 2019 1 oz Silver Chinese Trade Dollar Coin recreates the design that was common on Chinese Trade Dollars. This imperial dragon is a ferocious and imposing beast and the border of the coin features an intricate design. The Empress Dowager Cixi led a reorganization of the measures and weights of Chinese currency at this time as part of a quest to modernize China’s economy. The result was the issuance of this design on Chinese Trade Dollars.
On the obverse of 2019 Silver Chinese Trade Dollar Coins is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. This face of the coin bears the latest effigy of Her Majesty used on British coinage. Designed by Jody Clark for the Royal Mint of England in 2015, this portrait depicts the Queen at the age of 89 wearing the Royal Diadem crown on her head.
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