The Coin That Helped Establish the Empire of Japan
The long reign of Japanese Emperor Mutsuhito from 1868 to 1914 was an era of rapid growth and industrialization that elevated Japan into one of the world’s largest economies and paved the way for a Japanese colonial empire that rivaled any of the great houses of Europe. Helping to fuel that economy was a new trade dollar first issued in 1875 that was rich in symbolism. Now, more than 140 years later, the Japanese Trade Dollar is being honored with a beautiful coin by London’s famous East India Company.
Struck in a full ounce of highly pure 99.9% silver, this £1 (one pound) Saint Helena legal-tender coin is a carefully crafted restrike of the original Japanese Trade Dollar. The introduction of this important coin effectively marked the end of Japan’s isolated feudal society and ushered in the first half of the Empire of Japan. The first coins were originally struck on presses from the former Hong Kong Mint and depicted a fearsome mythical dragon coiled around the treasured pearl of wisdom. A sea creature, the Japanese dragon is called a Ryū and was often used as a symbol of the emperor – in this case it embodies Emperor Mutsuhito, who became known as Meiji the Great after proclaiming that his reign would be one of Meiji or “enlightened rule.”
The East India Company’s 2020 One-Ounce Silver Japanese Trade Dollar is the fourth coin in a five-year series. Other coins include the British, Chinese, French-Indonesian and U.S. Trade Dollars. The series pays tribute to the most popular and sought-after trade pieces issued from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
Just 5,000 coins are available for worldwide release – an incredibly limited mintage for students of history, coin collectors and silver stackers! Don’t miss this chance to add one in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition to your collection! Secure this gorgeous silver dragon coin now before it’s once again lost to the history books.
LATEST RELEASE IN POPULAR SERIES – This is the fourth release in a series from the East India Company struck on behalf of the island nation of Saint Helena that pays tribute to some of the most popular and sought-after trade pieces issued from the late 1800s to the early 1900s.
EXCITING DESIGN OF CHINA’S FIRST TRADE DOLLAR – The design of this coin is a restrike of the original Japanese Silver Trade Dollar first issued in 1875. Its reverse design depicts detailed rendition of the Japanese dragon surrounded by an ornate border. The obverse features a portrait Queen Elizabeth II.
STRUCK IN PURE SILVER – Your 2020 Saint Helena One-Ounce Silver Japanese Trade Dollar coin is struck in one ounce of 99.9% silver and measures 38.6 mm in diameter.
LEGAL TENDER COINAGE – The 2020 One-Ounce Silver Japanese Trade Dollar Coin is legal tender £1 (1 pound) in Saint Helena, an island country in the South Atlantic Ocean and a member of the British Overseas Territories.
BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED CONDITION – Your 2020 Saint Helena One-Ounce Silver Japanese Trade Dollar Coin will come in original Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition as fresh and crisp as they day it left the mint.
EXTREMELY LOW LIMITED EDITION – Just 5,000 of these gleaming silver coins were struck for worldwide release.
These coins are expected to sell quickly – and with a small mintage of just 5,000 worldwide, our limited supply will not last long. Order yours today!