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Coin with the Bust of Dr. Sun Yat Sen

I post below is the email received from Ms. J.M. of USA on Sat, 25 Aug 2007.
Ms. J.M. asked about the 1912 China Silver Dollar of Sun Yat-Sen, but I think the coin was issued in 1927.

Sat, 25 Aug 2007 12:33:03 EDT
1912 China Silver Dollar


I looked at your web site and did not see the above coin mentioned. I wondered if you have one in your collection as I have seen reference to one on another site as being considered "rare". Would you have any information on this particular coin as to the value and rarity of it? The one I have has the bust of President Sun Yat-Sen on the obverse surrounded by a border of Chinese characters, the reverse has in the border "MEMENTO" at top and "BIRTH OF REPUBLIC OF CHINA" around the lower border of the coin. It is silver and 39 mm. wide.

Any help you could give me on this would be appreciated. Thank you for your assistance in this and please respond to the address below.


Ms. J.M.

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

No. 368
38 mm
Wt. 26.6g
Rareness E
Mint Evolution and Peculiarity

This coin was minted in 1927 or the 16th year of the Republic of China (another saying is that it was minted in the 17th year of the Republic of China) by the mints in Nanjing, Tianjin, Zhejiang and Sichuan. The side-view portrait of Sun Yat-sen 孫逸仙 is in the center of the obverse side, surrounded by the Chinese characters "Zhong Hua Min Guo" and "Kai Guo Ji Nian Bi" which are separated by the symbol of asterisk. The value of coin was carved in the center of the reverse side, with the design of good harvest, surrounded by the English words:"Memento" and "Birth of the Republic of China" separated on the right and the left by two asterisks of 6-points rosettes, which vary in their positions in different editions. ( for those bearing with 5-pointed stars are more rare ) There is also an edition in chich the English words are misspelt.

More about Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Coin in Chinese History


  1. Dong Wenchao : 中國歷代金銀幣貨通覽 (An Overview of China's Gold and Silver Coins of Past Ages - The gold and silver coins and medals of modern China. p.845 ISBN 962-531-001-0)
  2. 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
  3. Pang Hsin Wei:中國貨幣史,上海人民出版社。(The Currency History of China.), 1988. ISBN7-208-00196-0/K.47

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