Friday, May 17, 2013

British Trade Dollar Year 1898 (Getting Scarce)

British Trade Dollar 1898 is a forth year issue.
This is a common date coin with a rather big mintage.

It recorded a total mintage of 21,545,564
This year British Trade Dollar has 2 varieties
Variety one: 1898 B from Bombay Mint
This is a commoner type of the 2.
B mint mark can be seen at the prong.
Compared to earlier years of 1895, 1896 and 1897.
The "B" can be seen more clearly for the subsequent year coins from 1898.
It also not as easily worn off (disappear).
This coin is came from a safety box that was cut open.
These coins is believed to be in the safe for decades.
The green spots are the old safe box paint.
The relative uncirculated nature of the coin shows the glorious luster.

Variety two: 1898 no mint mark
This variety is scarcer
It is minted from Calcutta Mint
The prong area is clean and flat.
Prong area is flat, no B

For British Trade Dollar year 1895, 1897, 1898; despite minted by Calcutta mint, there is no "C" mark on the side of the Brittania. The "C" mint mark only appears on british trade dollar minted on 1900, 1901 and 1902.

This type of no mint mark on prong variety is also seen on year 1925, 1929 and 1930 British Trade Dollar. However, for these 3 years, these no mint mark British Trade Dollars were minted by London Mint and not Calcutta Mint.

The most unique of all is 1900 no C, no B variety which is very rare.

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