The 2020 Gold Proof French Trade Dollar East India Company.
The 2020 French Trade Dollar is the 5th and final coin in the East India Company's trade dollar series.
One of only 150 coins issued, this coin is struck in .9999 fine/ 24-carat gold and to an ultra-high relief.
Originally issued in silver, the Indochina "Liberte" Piastre de Commerce was struck to the same specifications as the Spanish piece of eight (24.4935g of silver), but was then reduced to 24.3 grammes in 1895.
The coin was created to facilitate trade in the French Indo-Chinese Union and was used throughout its colonies to help create a stable economy.
The Piastre featured elements of the Great Seal of the Second French Republic as designed by Jacques-Jean-Barre in 1848. The coin itself was closer in value to the American silver dollar than it was to the French franc and was one of the last coins to adhere to the silver standard.
The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II which is surrounded by an oriental patterned ornate border.
The reverse features a recreation of Albert Barre's original design for the Piastre de Commerce.
It depicts a seated female figure (resembling Lady Liberty) by a bail of wheat and an anchor, symbolising the bountiful food of Asia and France's merchant marine trade, respectively.
|Weight / Size||1 Ounce|
|Gold Weight Troy Ounces||1|
|Fineness / Carat||0.9999 / 24|
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Désiré-Albert Barre|
|Issuing Monarch||Elizabeth II (1952 - Date)|
|Mint / Brand||East India Company|
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