The British Trade Dollar was originally made in the late 1800’s to compete with the
Mexican 8 Reales which was being used heavily in commerce in the Far East. The Trade
Dollar was made periodically until the 1930’s.
About 20 years ago, someone asked the Royal Mint to make new dies with the then current
date 1998. The Mint did make them and then some sort of problem occurred. The person who
had the dies made, had the ‘coins’ struck elsewhere and with a full colour commemorative
sticker on the back.
At the time, we bought a couple of hundred of the prooflike crownsized pieces with a blank
reverse, figuring to use them sometime. Well we just found them the other day and have
decided to offer them with the blank reverse. You could add a sticker or even engrave something,
it is up to you. These are the only examples around that we know of. Our price is just £9.95
and you can fill in the reverse, if you want to.
This handsome Sterling Silver Patina of a Catherine the Great Rouble is retrodated 1762. Due to the high silver price, the company that made them melted a large part of the mintage. The stated maximum mintage is just 180 pieces in Sterling Silver, but we know that the actual surviving mintage is much lower.
Beautiful Sterling Silver Proof and a low mintage. With the Royal Mint charging almost £100 for a high mintage silver coin of the same size. I think our price is most reasonable.
Catherine was known as a patron of the arts and her personal art collection which was in the Winter Palace, is now known as the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.