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Proof Trade Dollars: Why Were They Made After Circulation Strikes Ended?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The Trade Dollars of 1873-1885 represent one of the more curious areas of American numismatics. Authorized by the Coinage Act of 1873, the Trade Dollar was struck for the purpose of facilitating export transactions with China and was expressly created to compete against the silver Mexican Peso, a large, […]

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The British Trade Dollar: A Turn-of-the-Century Staple of Commerce in East Asia

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following Spanish colonization of the New World during the 16th century and the subsequent utilization of local silver mines—especially in Mexico—trade increased between the Americas and Spain’s outpost in the Far East—the Philippines. Commerce in the Filipino capital of Manila allowed for access to […]

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Bowers on collecting: The advantages of the Internet

Today, in the time of the coronavirus, we can all be thankful for the Internet, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.
While nothing equals the excitement of attending an auction or convention in person, if this is not possible, participation in virtual reality from the keyboard of your computer comes in a strong second

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Legendary Rarities to Bring Millions in Stack’s Baltimore Sale

It’s a numismatist’s delight as several world-class rarities come up for bid in Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ official auction of the Baltimore Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo March 18-20 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
An 1804 silver dollar, what Stack’s Bowers calls “a million-dollar piece of Baltimore history,” will cross the block on March 20.
What Stack’s Bowers Galleries calls “the most famous prize in coin collecting,” this 1804 silver dollar will come up for bid March 20 during the firm’s auction held in conjunction with the Baltimore Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo

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Legendary 1884 and 1885 Trade Dollars From E. Horatio Morgan Collection to be Featured in Stack’s Bowers March Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to continue their tradition of presenting world-class rarities at auction by featuring 1884 and 1885 Proof Trade dollars in their March 18-20, 2020 Baltimore Auction. The 1884 and 1885 trade dollars are legendary U.S. Mint rarities, ranking #78 and #15 respectively among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins (Garrett & Guth, […]

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Legendary 1884 and 1885 Trade dollars from the E. Horatio Morgan Collection to be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries March 2020 Baltimore Auction

1884 T$1 PR-63 PCGS. Images by Heritage Auctions

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Pieces from E. Horatio Morgan Collection Displayed at FUN Show

A Proof-64+ Cameo (PCGS) 1884 trade dollar and the Proof-64 (PCGS) 1885 trade dollar will be displayed by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at their table at the 2020 FUN Convention in Orlando, Florida, beginning on Thursday, Jan. 9. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is continuing their tradition of presenting world-class rarities at auction by featuring 1884 and 1885 Proof trade dollars in their March 18-20, 2020 Baltimore Auction

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US Proof Rarities Featured in Stack’s Bowers 2019 ANA Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to present an impressive selection of United States Proof coinage as part of their official auction of the 2019 American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money. Featured in the sale are complete sets of Proof Shield nickels and Proof Barber half dollars, as well as a nearly complete set […]

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East India Company and Niue: Latest gold and silver coins in tribute to the world’s Trade dollars features Japanese “Dragon dollar”

The East India Company Ltd., in partnership with the treasury of the Island of Niue, has released the fourth coin in their current innovative collector coin series entitled “The Trade Dollar Collection

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East India Company and Niue: Latest gold and silver coins in tribute to the world’s Trade dollars features Japanese “Dragon dollar”

The East India Company Ltd., in partnership with the treasury of the Island of Niue, has released the fourth coin in their current innovative collector coin series entitled “The Trade Dollar Collection

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East India Company Presents Latest Coins in Tribute to World’s Trade Dollars

By East India Company Bullion Ltd …… The East India Company Bullion Ltd, a subsidiary of The East India Company and in partnership with the Treasury of the Government of the Island of Niue announce the release of the fourth coin in their current innovative collector coin series entitled “The Trade Dollar Collection”. The series […]

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A Brief History of the U.S. Trade Dollar

By Blanchard & Company ……   In the late 1860s and early ’70s, trade between the United States and China was increasing. However, a threat to this trading emerged from the unlikeliest of places: the Mexican peso. Many Chinese businesses preferred the peso to U.S. currency because the peso contained more silver than the standard […]

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East India Company Presents Latest Coins in Tribute to World’s Trade Dollars

The East India Company Bullion Ltd, a subsidiary of The East India Company and in partnership with the Treasury of the Government of the Island of Niue have released the third coin as part of their overall series entitled “The Trade Dollar Collection”. The series features five of the most popular and sought-after trade pieces […]

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Niue and East India Company: Chinese “Dragon” trade coin recreated to salute the world’s historic Trade dollars

The treasury of the government of Niue, in partnership with the East India Company Bullion Ltd., has released the third coin design as part of their ongoing series entitled “The Trade Dollar Collection

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Coin Profile – United States 1873 Trade Dollar Silver Coin

Description: Throughout history, certain coins, often silver ones like the trade dollar, have circulated around large geographical regions far from their place of origin. The Maria Theresa thaler, the Spanish dollar, the Athenian owl – all were accepted as legal tender far and wide because of their precious metal content and reliability. During the Age […]

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Niue and East India Company: American trade dollar classic design features on second coin in popular Trade Dollar Collection

The treasury of Niue, in association with the East India Company Bullion Ltd, a subsidiary of the East India Company, have released the second of their current five-coin series entitled “The Trade Dollar Collection.” The series is in tribute to the coins that shaped international commerce in various parts of the world with the latest coin featuring the distinct design that graced the trade dollar coin issued by the United States: The Seated Liberty motif

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875-S Trade Dollar

Counterfeit 1875-S Trade Dollar By Max Spiegel, NGC…. One of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues is the Trade Dollar. Recently, one was submitted to NGC that exhibited a number of the telltale signs of a fake. Trade Dollars are one of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues, and fakes are received frequently […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875-S Trade Dollar

Counterfeit 1875-S Trade Dollar By Max Spiegel, NGC…. One of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues is the Trade Dollar. Recently, one was submitted to NGC that exhibited a number of the telltale signs of a fake. Trade Dollars are one of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues, and fakes are received frequently […]

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United States 1873 Trade Dollar Silver Coin

Description: Throughout history, certain coins–often silver ones–have circulated around large geographical regions far from their place of origin. The Maria Theresa thaler, the Spanish dollar, the Athenian owl – all were accepted as legal tender far and wide because of their precious metal content and reliability. During the Age of Exploration and subsequent Age of […]

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Over $42 Million Sells in Heritage US Coins FUN Auction

Gold ingots recovered from the SS Central America shipwreck took center stage as Heritage’s annual FUN auctions at the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) convention in Fort Lauderdale took place January 4-9. All told, the US coin auction raised in excess of $42 million for its consignors, with World Currency adding over $1.2 million, and US […]

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Healthy Prices Realized for FUN Platinum Night Auction Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #366 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. During or just prior to major coin conventions, Heritage conducts two to four U.S. coin Platinum Night events each year, each as a part of an auction extravaganza that includes additional coins […]

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Healthy Prices Realized for FUN Platinum Night Auction Coins

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #366 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds …..   During or just prior to major coin conventions, Heritage conducts two to four U.S. coin Platinum Night events each year, each as a part of an auction extravaganza that includes additional […]

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CoinWeek Sponsor Video: Kagin’s Extends Consignment Deadline for March 2017 Auction

Don Kagin of Kagin’s, Inc. spoke with Charles Morgan at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore. In this video, Don offers consignors one final chance to submit their coins and collections to Kagin’s March 2017 Official ANA Auction at the National Money Show in Orlando, Florida. Kagin’s is promising an innovative auction experience, free catalogs, and zero […]

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Million Dollar Coins, Part 2: U.S. Silver Dollars & Trade Dollars

Analysis of scarce coins, markets, and the coin collecting community #352 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds In part 1, 1792 patterns that are worth more than $1 million each were covered. The present topic is million dollar silver dollars, including both classic U.S. silver dollars (1794-1935) and trade dollars (1873-85). Although trade dollars […]

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Heritage Auctions – Seldom Seen Selections: Premium Gem 1878-S Trade Dollar

The 1878-S Trade dollar is known as a common date, even in Mint State grades, but this is a relative term as far as the series is concerned, since most business strikes were still being exported to China. Thus, there are hundreds of Uncirculated survivors, but that is from an original mintage exceeding 4.1 million […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1875-S Trade Dollar

Counterfeit 1875-S Trade Dollar By Max Spiegel, NGC….   One of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues is the Trade Dollar. Recently, one was submitted to NGC that exhibited a number of the telltale signs of a fake. Trade Dollars are one of the most extensively counterfeited United States issues, and fakes are received […]

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