Old Chinese Coins

1910 Xuantong Imperial Silver Dollar (Kann 219)

The Last Emperor The 1910 Xuantong Imperial Silver Dollar (Kann 219) was struck in the second year of the child emperor’s reign. The last emperor of China, the Xuantong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, also known as Puyi, was born … Read More

Hsu Shih-chang (1921) Silver Dollar

Xu Shichang, also known as Hsu Shih-chang, held the office of president of the Republic of China between October 10th, 1918 and June 2nd, 1922. His presidency, which lasted a little over four years, is remarkable among those in the … Read More

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

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 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

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

The Coin that Marked the End of an Era: 1911 Silver Dragon Dollar

The 1911 silver dragon dollar is perhaps one of the most popular of all the silver dragon dollars among numismatists and collectors. A product of the Central Tianjin Mint, they were struck during 1911 – a year of great political … Read More

The 1903 Chihli Silver Dollar

1903 Chihli silver dollars are somewhat rarer than their 1908 counterparts, mainly due to mintage. The name Chihli, or Zhili, comes from the name of a former province of northern China which included the capital, Beijing.  However, the province, home … Read More