1 Dollar British Trade Dollar

1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar) -  obverse1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Ruling authority Victoria (1837-1901)
Edward VII (1901-1910)
George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1895-1935
Value 1 Dollar (1/4)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 26.95 g
Diameter 39 mm
Thickness 2.7 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1 August 1937
Number N# 8472
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# T5
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Standing figure of Britannia holding trident and shield with merchant ship in background, date in exergue.

Script: Latin

Lettering:
ONE DOLLAR
1934

Engraver: George William de Saulles

George William de Saulles was a British medallist. He authored and designed the obverse of coins from the United Kingdom and its colonies under Queen Victoria and Edward VII of the United Kingdom

Reverse

Chinese characters and Jawi script in ornamental flower.

Lettering:

ساتو رڠڬية‎

Translation:
Chinese: One Dollar
Jawi: One Ringgit

Engraver: George William de Saulles

George William de Saulles was a British medallist. He authored and designed the obverse of coins from the United Kingdom and its colonies under Queen Victoria and Edward VII of the United Kingdom

Edge

Reeded

Mints

Royal Mint (Tower Hill), London, United Kingdom (1810-1975)
B Mumbai / Bombay, India (1829-date)
C Kolkata / Calcutta / Murshidabad, India (1757-date)

Comments

Issued to facilitate British trade in the Orient, the reverse design incorporated the denomination in Chinese characters and Malay script (often found with chop marks which do not detract from the value - see below).

Struck at three separate mints as follows:

B - Bombay mint Found on tip of middle fork on trident; missing on some 1895, 1897 & 1898 issues;

C - Calcutta mint Found between Britannia's foot and the shield; missing on some 1900 issues;

No mark - London mint (1925 & 1930 issues only)


Mintage figures quoted include all varieties for the given mint and year.

A limited number of gold proof restrikes were produced from the original dies but it is not known when or by whom.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1895 (B) 3 316 036 0.8% mintmark missing
1895 (B) 0.16% mintmark missing; Proof
1895 B 0.3% a .925 (trial strike) exists
1895 B 0.16% Proof
1896 B 6 135 617 0.6%
1896 B 0.16% Proof
1897 (B) 21 286 400 4% mintmark missing
1897 B 2% overdate variety exists
1897 B 0.16% Proof
1898 (B) 21 545 500 2% mintmark missing
1898 B $ 68 6%
1898 B 0.3% Proof
1899 B 30 743 159 $ 53 $ 77 $ 310 $ 1061 14%
1899 B 0.3% Proof
1900 (B)(C) 363 372 1.3% mintmark missing
1900 B 9 106 619 $ 75 8% incl. 1900 over 1900B and 1900 over 1890B varieties
1900 B 0.8% Proof
1900 C 0.5% (fr) rare
1901 B 25 684 971 $ 48 $ 107 $ 383 $ 774 8% incl. 1901 over 1900 B variety
1901 B 0.5% Proof
1901 C 1 513 685 $ 591 $ 2983 0.6%
1902 B 30 404 499 $ 71 $ 71 $ 106 $ 803 14%
1902 B 0.16% Proof
1902 C 1 266 618 $ 516 1.1%
1902 C 0.16% Proof
1903 B 3 955 647 $ 660 $ 946 4% incl. 1903 over 1902B variety
1903 B 0.16% Proof
1904 B 648 847 $ 646 $ 1606 0.3% incl. 1904 over 1898, 1904 over 1903 and 1904 over 1900 varieties
1904 B 0.16% Proof
1907 B 1 945 726 $ 1147 2%
1908 B 6 870 741 $ 87 $ 299 $ 918 5% incl. 1908 over 1907B variety
1908 B 0.16% Proof
1909 B 5 954 218 $ 259 $ 886 4% incl. 1909 over 1908B variety
1910 B 5 552 910 $ 1262 4% incl. 1910 over 1900B variety
1911 B 37 470 509 $ 53 $ 107 $ 472 $ 860 33% incl. 1911 over 1900B variety
1912 B 5 672 075 $ 80 $ 107 $ 428 $ 832 10%
1912 B 0.16% Proof
1913 B 1 566 693 0.16% incl. 1913 over 1912B variety
1913 B 0.16% Proof
1921 B 50 211 0.3% 5 known to exist
1921 B 0.16% Restrike; Proof
1925  6 869 853 $ 946 1.9% no mintmark
1929 B 5 100 036 $ 1549 3% incl. 1929 over 1921B variety
1929 B 0.3% Proof
1930  6 664 865 6% no mintmark
1930 B 10 401 032 $ 125 $ 889 6%
1930 B 0.3% Proof
1934 B 17 335 200 $ 4703 0.3% Mostly melted
1934 B 0.16% Proof
1934 B 0.16% Restrike; Proof
1935 B 6 811 900 0.3% Mostly melted; 25 known to exist
1935 B 0.3% Proof
1935 B 0.3% Restrike; Proof

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2020 December 18 - 19 HKINF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong 3087
Lot 30279
Internet Archive
Dec 18, 2020 1896 B UNC
(PCGS MS63)
USD 8400.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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2021 April 11 Hong Kong Spring World Coins Special Monthly Online Auction 61204
Lot 99133
Internet Archive
Apr 4, 2021 1896 B AU
(PCGS AU55)
USD 2400.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232216
Lot 63535
Internet Archive
Apr 14, 2022 1899 B UNC
(NGC MS62)
USD 840.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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Heritage Auctions
2022 April 3 Hong Kong Spring World Coins Showcase Auction 61264
Lot 98251
Internet Archive
Apr 3, 2022 1899 B UNC
(NGC MS64)
USD 1680.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)
Heritage Auctions
Wednesday & Thursday World & Ancient Coins Select Auction 232210
Lot 62519
Internet Archive
Mar 3, 2022 1899 B UNC
(NGC UNC Details (Cleaned))
USD 264.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)
Heritage Auctions
2021 December 11 - 13 HKINF World Coins Signature® Auction - Hong Kong 3095
Lot 35311
Internet Archive
Dec 11, 2021 1899 B UNC
(NGC MS65)
USD 3120.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)
Heritage Auctions
2021 June 24 - 25 HKINF World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong 3092
Lot 38375
Internet Archive
Jun 24, 2021 1899 B UNC
(NGC MS65+)
USD 4320.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)
Heritage Auctions
2021 June 24 - 25 HKINF World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong 3092
Lot 38376
Internet Archive
Jun 24, 2021 1899 B UNC
(NGC MS64)
USD 1920.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)
Heritage Auctions
2021 June 24 - 25 HKINF World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong 3092
Lot 38377
Internet Archive
Jun 24, 2021 1899 B UNC
(NGC MS63)
USD 1320.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)Picture 1 of a sold 1 Dollar (British Trade Dollar)
Heritage Auctions
2021 June 24 - 25 HKINF World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong 3092
Lot 39376
Internet Archive
Jun 24, 2021 1899 B UNC
(NGC MS63)
USD 1110.00
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