Chinese Trade Dollar


1oz Gold Proof Coin
Year of Production 2019

  • Chinese Trade Dollar


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      The 2019 1 oz Niue Chinese Trade Dollar Gold Coin is part of a range dedicated to “”trade dollars”” and is inspired by the Chinese Trade Dollar, also known as a Dragon Dollar.

      The Mint says about this coin:
      The ferocious depiction of a mythical dragon in traditional Chinese style appeared on a new silver Chinese coin in 1889, following the reorganisation of Chinese weights and measures sanctioned by the legendary Empress Dowager Cixi – one of the last empresses of China’s Qing Dynasty – in her quest to modernise China’s economy. Arising from the surge in western merchants looking to trade with China following the opening of Opium Wars, the Chinese Trade Dollar was minted in the same specification as the trusted and preferred Spanish 8 Reales and became commonly known as “”silver dragons”” or “”dragon dollars””.

      The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the “”Fourth Portrait””). The Queen wears the “”Girls of Great Britain and Ireland”” diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty’s grandmother) in 1947 – which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

      In small letters below the head, the artist’s initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

      Around the effigy is the monarch’s legend, the date of issue and the value: QUEEN ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 250 DOLLARS · 2019 ·.

      The effigy is surrounded by an arabesque cartouche. There is a wide rim around the centre, decorated in Oriental fashion with a “”key”” pattern.

      Obverse Inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH II · NIUE ISLAND · 250 DOLLARS · 2019 ·

      Surrounded by an “”Oriental””-style border with a “”key”” pattern, the reverse of the coin shows a ferocious Chinese dragon curled around a flaming pearl – the symbol of wisdom and enlightenment in Chinese culture. In the background, clouds.

      Around, between the central design and the Oriental rim, the inscription THE EAST INDIA COMPANY · TRADE DOLLAR ·.

      Reverse Inscription THE EAST INDIA COMPANY · TRADE DOLLAR ·


      • Country: Niue
      • Currency: Niue Dollar
      • Coin Type: Gold Ounce (1 oz)
      • Issued: 2019
      • Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
      • Effigy: Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
      • Face Value: 250 (x Dollar)
      • Total Mintage: 288
      • Mintage Limit: 288
      • Current: Yes
      • Material: 0.9999 Gold
      • Technology: Milled (machine-made)
      • Shape: Round
      • Orientation: Medal Alignment (Axis 0)
      • Size: 32.000 mm
      • Mass: 31.100 g

      Additional information


      $250 (Niue)




      31.100 g



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