Cao Kun- Bribing president 1923 Commemorative Silver Dollar Republic of China
Chinese Silver Dollar
Republic of China 1923 Commemorative Silver Dollar
Cao Kun- Bribing president,
26.87 grams; Silver 900; size: 39.1 mm
1923 AD Cao Kun Silver Dollar
Obverse: Portrait of Cao Kun 曹錕
in Seal script
Cao Kun- Bribing president
Cao Kun (Courtesy name: Zhongshan (仲珊)) (December 12, 1862 ?May 15, 1938) was a President of Republic China and military leader of the Zhili clique in the Beiyang Army, he also served as trustee of the Catholic University of Peking.
Cao was born in a poor family in Tianjin. During the First Sino-Japanese War in 1894, he went with the army to fight in Choson. After the war was over, he joined Yuan Shikai to participate in the training of New Army (Known as the Beiyang Army). Admired by Yuan, Cao managed to rise very quickly.
Cao Kun infamously acquired the presidential office by openly bribing assembly members with 5,000 silver dollars each. This episode brought disrepute to the Beiyang government and its assembly, which lacked a quorum to even hold elections. It turned all the rival factions against him and his own clique began suffering from dissension. Relations with his chief prot間? Wu Peifu, soured and there was rumours of an impending split within the Zhili clique but they stayed together to fight against the Fengtian clique.
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