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Kiangnan Dragon Silver Coins II
The Early Follower of Kwanngtung Dragon Dollars


I have just filled the empty space in my collection of Kiangnan silver dollars. I have waited for almost ten years to complete a set of Kiangnan silver dollars including of 8 items. I purchased the last Kiangnan coin [a "Ee-Sze" (1905AD) silver dollar] 3 months ago. Last year, I posted the 'Kiangnan Silver Coins Page I" here. Now I put the last 4 Kiangnan Dragon Silver Coins on this page. Hope you enjoy your time spend visiting this page.



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. 188
Diam.
39 mm
Fineness
88%
Wt. 26.6 g.
Rareness E
Mint Evolution and Peculiarity
This is a Kiangnan Jen-Yin (1902AD) silver dollar, the most common one among the Kiangnan silver coins. Silver dollar like this one is easy to get in Hong Kong. It costed about US$13, ten year ago, but now it is worth about US$15 only. A common coin will always be common. It is true that you should buy the best you can afford for your collection.
Obverse Reverse Description
No. 189
Diam.
39 mm
Fineness
88%
Wt. 27 g.
Rareness C
Mint Evolution and Peculiarity
The design of this "KueiMao" (1903AD) coin is similar to the previous coin except on the upper corner of the obverse, there is a 5-petal rosette. This coin is not so common in Hong Kong coin shop. I have spent a few years to find an affordable specimen in the market.
Obverse Reverse Description
No. 130
Diam.
38.5 mm
Fineness
88%
Wt. 27.0 g.
Rareness D
Mint Evolution and Peculiarity
This coin was minted in the 30th year (1904AD "Chia-Chen") of the Kuang Hsu reign of the Qing Dynasty. On the obverse side, there are English letters "HAH" on the top left corner and English letters "CH" on the top right corner. [HAH is H.A. HOLMES, MINTMASTER and CH is the initials of the engraver. These initials were placed on the coins as a guarantee of the coin's fineness.] Same type coins (1904 dated dragon dollar) were restruck again during Republican times.
Obverse Reverse Description
No. 190
Diam.
39 mm
Fineness
88%
Wt. 26.8 g.
Rareness C
Mint Evolution and Peculiarity
This coin was minted in the 31th year (1905AD) of the Kuang Hsu reign of the Qing Dynasty. The date "Ee-Sze" (1905AD) taken from the Chinese sexagenary cycle were inscribed on the both sides of the circle on the obverse. This is the last silver dollar minted by Kiangnan Silver and Copper Coin General Mint. It is pity that just as other Kiangnan silver dollar, weak strike appeared on the reverse of this coin. If you cannot see the English characters clearly on the reverse, view the upper coin please. They are just the same.


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    Bibliography

  1. A History of Chinese Currency (16th Century BC - 20th Century AD), 1983 Jointly Published by Xinhua (New China) Publishing House N.C.N. Limited M.A.O. Management Group Ltd. ISBN 962 7094 01 3
  2. Pang Hsin Wei : The Currency History of China, 1988. ISBN7-208-00196-0/K.47
  3. Joe Cribb : Money in the Bank, published by Spink and Son Ltd 1987, ISBN 0907605 22 2
  4. Chester L. Krause and Clifford Mishler Colin R. Bruce II. : Standard catalog of World Coins 1991, 18th edition.



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