The British Trade dollar was declared legal tender on 2 February 1895 by an Order of Council in the Straits Settlements, Hong Kong and Labuan (off the north-west coast of British North Borneo). Three mints participated in the minting of the coins Bombay Mint, Calcutta Mint and Royal Mint. The coin had a diameter of 39 mm and was struck in 26.95 grams (416 grains) of 0.900 fine silver. The dies were prepared by London Royal Mint engraver G W De Saulles. You can read more about the history here; British Trade Dollar History.
1895-1934 British Trade Dollar coins
Obverse: Britannia (posed by Lady Susan Hiks-Beach for artist G.W. De Saulles) standing helmeted looking to left with her right hand grasps a trident and her left hand resting on an oval sheild bearing the united cross of St. George of England, St. Andrew of Scotland and St. Patrick of Ireland surrounded by a Chinese scroll-pattern border. A sailing ship is in the distance with the denomination "ONE DOLLAR" above and year date below.
Reverse: in the centre between the denominations was a Chinese labyrinth, one of the many variations of the Chinese character "shou" for longevity encircled by 4 compartments containing Chinese characters for "Yi Yuan" and Malay Jawi characters for "Satu Ringgit"; all encircled by a Chinese scroll border.
Denomination: 1 dollar
Issued by: Straits Settlements
Diameter: 39 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 26.95 grams
Coin Shape: Round
Composition: .900 Silver
Three mints participated in the minting of the coins:
- Bombay Mint with the mint mark "B", located in the center prong of the trident.
- Calcutta Mint with the mint mark "C", can be found in the ground between the left foot of Britannia and the base of the shield.
- Royal Mint, London, Those with no mint mark.
1895-1934 British Trade Dollars coins Price
|Unknown||1897 over 1896B||145||220||570||-|
|Unknown||1900 over 1900B||250||450||950||-|
|Unknown||1900 over 1890B||500||1500||3000||-|
|Unknown||1901B over 1900B||160||220||500||-|
|Unknown||1903B over 1902B||150||350||950||-|
|Unknown||1904B over 1898B||375||650||1200||-|
|Unknown||1904B over 1903B||375||650||1200||-|
|Unknown||1904B over 1900B||375||650||1200||-|
|Unknown||1908B over 1903B||110||200||450||-|
|Unknown||1908B over 1907B||110||200||450||-|
|Unknown||1909B over 1908B||110||200||450||-|
|Unknown||1910B over 1900B||45||130||300||-|
|1921B||50,211||5 pcs known exist||-||12000||31000||-|
|1935B||6,811,995||25pcs known exist||3500||9000||25500||10000|
*Price in US Dollar