Author Archives: Nick Brindley

1928 Auto Dollar

1928 (Year 17) Auto Dollar L&M-609; K-757; Y-428 The Legend Guizhou Province in southern China is a rocky, mountainous and rugged region, and even with today’s technology and modern infrastructure, getting around can still be fairly challenging! Rewind the clock … Read More

1923 Dragon and Phoenix Dollar

1923 Dragon and Phoenix Dollar Creating a National Emblem With the collapse and ousting of the Qing dynasty in 1912, China was in a state of political upheaval. Dynastic China had come to an end, and the newly founded Republic … Read More

Silver Junk Dollars 1932-1934

Historical Background 1929 was the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Republic of China, with the announcement on December 29th 1928 that all flags of the Beiyang Government were to be replaced by the flag of … Read More

1993 Possessing a Piece of the Homeland 5 oz Gold Proof Coin

Series Overview The “Possessing a Piece of the Homeland” (from now on referred to as the “Homeland”) set was a one-off commemorative set struck in 1993 consisting of 11 coins – 6 gold and 5 silver – with depictions of … Read More

Introduction to the Guangxu Tael

The Tael as a Unit of Measurement in China Before the standardisation of the tael to 50 g by the People’s Republic of China in 1959 in order to better coordinate with the metric system, a tael, or liang 两, … Read More

The Case of the 1989 Dragon and Phoenix

The Dragon and Phoenix in Chinese Culture Culturally for the Chinese, the dragon and phoenix depicted together symbolise balance, and are the animal embodiment and representation of the yin-yang philosophical concept. The phoenix – standing for yin – symbolises such … Read More

The Tsao Kun Commemorative Dollar

Historical Background Cao Kun (1862-1938), or Tsao Kun, was President of the Republic of China between 10th October 1923 and 30th October 1924, holding office for little over a year. He was a prominent figure during the Warlord Period of … Read More

Spotlight on 2 oz Silver Mount E’mei Proof Coin

The Basics The 2 oz silver Mount E’mei proof coin was released on the 21st March 2014 as part of the Mount E’mei sub-series of the Sacred Buddhist Mountains series. The coin is legal tender of the PRC and features … Read More

1982 12th FIFA World Cup ¼ oz Gold Coin

The 1982 12th FIFA World Cup The ¼ oz gold piece is one of a four-coin set issued in 1982, comprising one gold, one copper, and two silver coins. They were issued as a commemorative set, celebrating the 1982 12th … Read More

Auction: Y#322.1 1918 Yuan Shikai Dollar

Currently up for auction is the Y#322.1 1918 Yuan Shikai silver dollar. This silver dollar of .900 purity, typically with a weight of 26.7 g and a diameter of 39.5 mm, is presented in good condition, grading well at PCGS … Read More