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More about Yuan Shih Kai Dollar


Kann stated that there were far more than 200 different die varieties of the Yuan"s silver dollar. I have posted here with 3 Yuan Shih Kai coins more. Two of them are my old collection. The last one is a private issued gold coin. I received the image from Mr. SMT on 18 Apr 1999. Informations about Chinese gold coin are very difficult to get, especially those private issue. If you know anything about this gold coin or you want to share your knowledge and enthusism in this hobby, feel free to drop me a line. Thank you in advance.

More informations about YSK dollar from Mr.H Sun on Thu, 29 Apr 1999.
Thanks indeed!

The most widely circulated coin in China

Here are some information reguading YSK dollar, I hope they could let people to know more about it.

Condensed from " THE CURRENCIES OF CHINA " 1927 by EDUARD KANN

CHAPTER V SILVER DOLLARS
The Yuan Shih Kai Dollar.

Christmas eve, in A.D.1914, was the date on which the Yuan Shih Kai dollar was offically issued for the first time. Since then it has made enormous strides and is fulfilling its misson to replace not only the Mexican and other foreign dollars, but also the heterogeneous collection of Chinese dragon dollars. After an existence of ten years the Yuan Shih Kai dollar has penetrated to even the most out-of-the-way place of China's outlying provinces, and bids fair to remain in popular favor throughout the vast country. ......
However, the coining of the new Yuan Shih Kai dollar was closely connected with the withdrawal and re-minting of the existing 280 million dragon dollars, the fineness of which was considerably below the new standard. ......, In order to facilitate the introduction of the new coin the Goverment arranged that the Bank of China, the Bank of Communications and the official provincial banks should exchange, free of charge, the old dragon dollars against the new Yuan Shih Kai dollars. ...... During the period from 1914 to July 1917, about 30 million Mexican dollars were exported from China, and in addition 19 millions were melted by the Mints for re-coinage. Both these measures continued in an extened form during the following five years, thus making room for the new Yuan Shih Kai dollar which, by 1919, had succeded in firmly establishing itself.
......and the dies were distributed by the Tientsin(Central) Mint to the various provinces. In the course of time the dies were worn and had to be either retouched or re-engraved. In this way it happened that many varieties of the Yuan Shih Kai dollar came into being. ......it can be stated that, until the end of 1917, altogether 184,946,487 Yuan Shih Kai dollars have been struck by the Mints in China. ......



Marks of Rareness of the Collected Currencies
Extremely Rare A ~ Very Rare B ~ Rare C ~ Not So Many D ~ Common E

Obverse Reverse Description
No. 204
Diam.
39 mm
Wt. 26.8 g.
Mint Evolution and PeculiarityRareness E
The inscriptions showing that this coin was minted in the 9th year of the Republic time (1920). [Actually, it may be minted later.] But it is very difficult for me to find out where this coin was produced; Wuchang, Tientsin, Kwangtung, or Hangchow, etc., Mints. I really don't know. I hope other more advanced collectors can help me.
I have purchased this coin more than 10 years in Upper Lascar Row in Hong Kong. It cost me less than 6 US dollars. Now, it is pity that I can't buy coin from the coin hawkers directly in the flea markets. Coin hawkers purchase coins from Mainland China and then sell them to the dealers or collectors. If the hawkers firstly sell the coins to the collectors, they will earn more. Collectors prefer to purchase coins from hawkers as to get some more rare coins in cheap price. It is an offence to hawk without a licence in Hong Kong. For those unlicensed hawking in the street would be severely punished by a fine about HK dollars 400. (Old Hong Kong Government or The Government of the HKSAR would not issue licence to the hawker in the street.) If I want to purchase coins, I must pay more to get the coins from the coin shop now.


ObverseReverseDescription
No. 205
Diam.
38 mm
Wt. 27 g.
Mint Evolution and PeculiarityRareness E
This is another Yuan Shih Kai coin which was minted in 1921 or later. I paid almost double of the previous coin to buy it in a coin shop. This coin is in very good to fine condition with complete legend, value and on reverse with over-all wear but details of the flowers still visible.


ObverseReverseDescription
No. 335
Diam.
unknown
Wt. unknown.
Mint Evolution and PeculiarityRareness D
This is one more version of the Yuan Shih Kai coin which was minted in 1921 or later. But, this one is very special for the variety of one of the Chinese character "Tsao" on the obverse. This version normally known as 連口造 "Lien-K'ou-Tsao" by the Chinese collectors. "Lien-K'ou-Tsao" in Chinese means "The mouth part "K'ou" of the Chinese character "Tsao" is jointed with the boat part "T'ing" of the Chinese character "Tsao". It may be more easy for you to understand as to view the coin image with a red arrow on the obverse. This version is not so common. This coin is belonged to Mr.我愛銀元, I am lucky to get his kind permission to post the coin images here. Thanks indeed!


ObverseReverseDescription
No. 336
Diam.
38 mm
Wt. 26.8 g.
Mint Evolution and PeculiarityRareness D
As I know that there are many varieties of the Yuan Shih Kai coin, this is one more version of the Yuan Shih Kai coin which was minted by Kansu Mint in 1921 or later. It is known as 甘肅版 "Gansu Pan" (means made in Gansu Province). Kansu Pan normally appears with a bigger portrait. You can see the double-fold eyelid of Yuan's portrait and also the bold strokes of the Chinese characters on the reverse. Although Gansu coins circulated at a discount in the Repubic period for their low silver content, yet I am happy to get a copy of them.


ObverseReverseDescription
No. 206
Diam.
1.5 inch
Wt. ? g.
Mint Evolution and PeculiarityRareness ?
As we know that gold as a noble metal of rare value has been treasured by the people of the world as an important means of storage and value preservation since ancient times. This is a gold coin. I received this image from Mr. SMT. His father left him the gold coin.
On the reverse of this coin, there are 7 small Chinese characters denoted that this coin was minted with genuine gold by a goldsmith known as Yu Tai Wah in Changsha (The capital of Hunan Province) during the Republic period. The white label showing the characters in commercial Chinese numberal systems is 44.47 (mace or candareen??? I am not sure.). Although this coin was minted with excellent craftsmanship, coin like this was minted as presents for fame and compliments seeking, or merely as gifts to people. As this coin is a non-currency issue and minted with the noble metal, I think only very few were made. This coin should be quite rare today. As this is not a circulated coin, I hardly find any story it really shines. In my opinion, ancient coins are valuable because of their very real connection between us and the time period in which they were actively circulated.


ObverseReverseDescription
No. 206A
Diam.
18mm
Wt. 4.19g.
Mint Evolution and PeculiarityRareness A
Yuan's Portrait Sample gold coin, minted in 3rd year of The Republic.
Reference to: An Overview of China's Gold & Silver Coins of Past Ages by Mr. Dong Wenchao 1993, page 65.
This coin was minted by the Tianjin Mint in 1914, or the 3rd year of the Republic. This is a trial-minted sample coin with a half-length side portrait of Yuan Shikai and the words "3rd year of the Republic of China" on the obverse and a dragon pattern on the reverse.




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