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Do we really need the plug for the grading service of the coin on the main page? The specific grade of the coin and the company that encapsulated it has nothing to do with this article, please remove. ~Odin1 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Odin1 (talk • contribs) 08:08, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
¶ I am baffled by the second sentence "Business strikes ended in ... (a year midway in the period the trade dollar was being issued)". What does this mean? What business? Do strikes mean work stoppages or the stamping out of coins? Someone please rewrite that sentence! Sussmanbern (talk) 00:52, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
"Collectors are warned that recently a large number of U.S. Trade dollars have been forged in China."
This "buyer beware" warning is most welcoming to collectors. But this warning must be substantiated by evidence what the authentic and the fake looks like. Differences typically such as mint, year, design, quality of relief or metal, weight and size, color or even ring sound, must be pointed out to load the dice above.
Otherwise the allegation is a paradigm of "give a dog a bad name ..." crap often hurled by dealers and losers in the direction of China in a trade war that started with gunboats loaded with opium in the mid-1800s in light of the new China century. The corollary held by dealers is "mine is real and prized; others forged and garbage".
To be fair. I myself have personally come across a .999 shining white silver proof quality of a Britannia Straits Dollar. Is this reproduction a fake? Is this a good enough evidence to hang China when the coin is put for sale at $100 by a Chinese dealer in Toronto or San Francisco Chinatown?
Coins afterall is man-made, reproduction is not at all impossible. Is coin forging as easy as making fortune cookies or photocopies of banknotes in the basement of New York Chinatown?