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Yunnan Mint 20 Cents

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I post below is an email received from Mr. M. T. of Singapore on 5 Nov 2008. The email is self-explanatory.

Hi L K Leung,

Pls take a look at the photo in the attach files. Pls give me informations on this coins.



It is believed that this coin was minted by the Kunming Mint of Yunnan Province in 1908, or the 34th year of the Reign of Emperor Kuang Hsu (Guang XU) of the Qing Dynasty. Another source denotes that this coin was minted in 1911.

Thanks for Michael's email to me and view the images of the coin below please.

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

Obverse Reverse Description

By courtesy of Mr. MT

By courtesy of Mr. MT
No. 369
Diam. unknown
Wt. unknown
Fineness 70%
Rareness D
Mint Evolution and Peculiarity
The Obverse bears the legend "Kuang Hsu Yuan Pao" in the centre in Chinese and Manchurian, with "minted in Yunnan Province" and the face value of 1 qian 4 fen 4 li (20 cents) above and below the centre, and floral stars on each side. The reverse bearsa dragon pattern in the centre with floral stars flanking it.


  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.850 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 : The Currency History of China, 1988. ISBN7-208-00196-0/K.47

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