Great Britain 1909-B dollar
This silver dollar was struck during the reign of Edward VII, king of Britain. 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. This specimen was lot 2588 in Goldberg sale 109 (Los Angeles, January 2019), where it sold for $168. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Trade Dollar, 1909-B. KM-T5. Britannia standing. Brilliant mint state. PCGS graded AU-58." A 1909/8 overdate exists.
Recorded mintage: 5,954,000, a pretty common date.
Specification: 26.96 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.780 troy oz ASW, designed by G. W. DeSaulles.
Catalog reference: KM T5.
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- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 109: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2019.