MODERN CHINESE TRADE DOLLAR .999 Silver Proof Coin 2021 St Helena 1oz silver coin
The all-new Modern Trade Dollar series will feature innovative reinterpretations of the classic trade dollars which were the global currencies that simplified international trade in the era before the idea of globalisation was commonplace. The series begins with the 2021 Modern Chinese Trade Dollar.
Shortly after the death of Emperor Xian Feng in 1861, his concubine Cixi assumed control and ruled China as The Empress Dowager. Cixi was able to read, a rare skill at that time, and educated herself on domestic and foreign affairs, creating policies that would modernise China’s culture and economy. Recognising the importance of making international trade as easy as possible she instigated changes in customs, weights and measures that enabled the creation of a standardised ‘Dragon’ Trade Dollar.
Trade Dollars had been used to facilitate international trade since the ‘Spanish Dollars’ of the 15th Century, and the first ‘Dragon’ Trade dollars were struck in 1889 with the coin’s weight in English lettering sitting beneath a traditional Chinese dragon. Now, the Chinese Trade Dollar is reimagined for 2021 by The East India Company, our stunning Proof finish emphasising every detail of a new design that features a mighty dragon encircling the globe.
The obverse carries the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on it, and is issued under the authority of St Helena.
It comes presented in an elegant collector’s box and is limited to only 1000 pieces. A certificate of authenticity is enclosed.