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A Trade Dollar


Here is an example of a British Trade Dollar, minted from 1895-1935 and used mostly in trade with China, although also used elsewhere in Asia.It has over 3/4 ounce of silver in it and became a recognized medium of exchange in China after its introduction.

the origins of the trade dollar may be in the Spanish pieces of eight that were minted earlier in the Spanish empire.

Other countries, including the United States, had their own version of Trade Dollars for a similar purpose



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