Chopmarked Trade Coins

07 Oct 2018

This is a small part of my chopmarked coin collection.



Level 4

Those are AMAZING!


Level 4

Those are super cool!


Level 5

That 1874-s is really awesome. So many chop marks. I don't have any trade dollars or chop marked coins. Find them interesting, but never got into them. Nice collection you have of them.


Level 5

Awesome coin!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Can you tell me more about the purpose of the chop Mark?

It's Mokie

Level 6

From a presentation I did: A Chopmark is usually a Chinese Character that represents a banking house, a businesses name, or a concept (like Good Silver). Chopmarks can also consist of numbers, recognizable alphabet letters, faux Chinese characters, inked characters, and abstract symbols. Chopmarks are used to test a coin to determine its silver content. By weighing the coin and applying a Chopmark to the coin, a skilled merchant can quickly determine if the coin is authentic. A Chopmark also tells others that this coin has had its weight and fineness verified by the Merchant, basically a seal of approval.

Larry Smith

Level 3

cool thing to collect

Doug S.

Level 4

Very cool. The chop marks add to its circulation history that's for sure.


Level 6

Trade dollars, esp chopmarked, are so interesting to collect! I was not aware there was a reference book.


Level 6

Beautiful collection of Trade dollars.One of my favorites also. Thank you.


Level 6

Great collection! Trade dollars are a favorite of mine. I have one beauty in my collection. None with chop marks though. I really enjoyed these!


Level 7

In love trade dollars. Don't own any with chop marks. The Chinese ready loved the silver. I wrote a blog two years ago or whatever. There very expensive you have good taste by th way I collect British coins but mostly Conder Token. Thanks for the shots nd the story. Mike.

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