1899 Colonial Hong Kong China 10 Cents Silver Coin, Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria Hong-Kong
1899 Silver 10 Cents
Obv: VICTORIA QUEEN Queen's head left.
Silver Hong Kong ten cents coin
The ten cent coin was first issued as a silver coin of 80% fineness in 1866. Before the Second World War the coin was first made of .800 purity silver, with a weight of 2.82 g, thickness of 1.1 mm and diameter of 17.50 mm with a reeded edge. The first ten-cent coin, issued in 1863, featured the portrait of Queen Victoria on its obverse and was minted until the year of her death, 1901. Her successor, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom then featured on the obverse from 1902 to 1905, despite reigning until 1910. In the early 1900s during China's currency reform, in some provinces of China, such as Guangxi, some residents and retailers refused Chinese 10-cent coins, and requested instead the "kwaitau", or "devil's head" coin, a euphemism for the Hong Kong 10-cent coin.
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