There is much interest in the Patinas from our colonial past. Mintages were low, and overseas
interest is high. We have sold out or nearly on many of the issues. Supplies are very
limited and prices are going up as the supply goes down, don’t miss out on them. For this issue
we have the Edward VIII, New Zealand bare head in Copper. They were struck in Proof
condition to the highest quality and have a mintages of just 475.
The British Trade Dollar was originally made in the late 1800’s to compete with the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 I 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