Great Britain 1895-B dollar

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Goldberg sale 84, part of lot 4340
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4340 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $19,975. The catalog description[1] noted, "Great Britain. Proof Trade Dollar, 1895-B. Britannia with trident and shield standing. The only example graded by both services. NGC graded Proof 63." The type was struck 1895-1935 for use in "Oriental trade," which would include India, Indochina, the East Indies and China proper. This coin could easily be filed under India as most (including this one) were struck in India, either at the Bombay or Calcutta mints. The majority were struck 1895-1904, 1907-13 and 1925-34. The coin does not bear a portrait of the sovereign nor is marked with the country of origin tho the figure of Britannia makes it clear. The SCWC notes that some proofs were struck without mintmark.

Recorded mintage: 3,316,000 plus proofs, a better date.

Specification: 26.96 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.780 troy oz ASW, designed by G. W. DeSaulles.

Catalog reference: Dav-407; KM-Tn5.


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  • Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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