Great Britain 1896-B dollar
This specimen was lot 2481 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Trade Dollar, 1896-B. NGC MS-63. Faint tea hued toning, with great luster." 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: 6,136,000 plus proofs, a scarce date.
Specification: 26.96 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.780 troy oz ASW, designed by G. W. DeSaulles.
Catalog reference: Dav-407; KM-T5; Mars-BTD1.
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