China KWEICHOW PROVINCE Silver 20 Cents Y# 431 Year 38 (1949)
China Silver 1/5 Dollar, 20 Cents
China KWEICHOW PROVINCE 20 Cents Y# 431 38 (1949)
1949 Greek Border Kweichow 20 Cent
Weight: 5.3 grams; Size: 23.7 mm; Material: Silver
Obv: 20, value 20 all round
造 省 州 貴
An important subsidiary coinage dated Year 38 (1949), considered to be the fractional counterpart of the famous Bamboo Dollar Struck from well executed dies bearing a Greek border on both sides. The reverse bearing the large denomination ?0?is encircled by twenty-seven small 20 in a circular border between the denomination and the Greek border. Effectively the reverse of the coin is denominated twenty-eight times.
Kweichow (Guizhou) Province lies in south central China. It is home to a group of non-Han Chinese people, and has traditionally been a seat of political unrest in China. One particularity of coin production was the lack of local copper. For this reason the Kweichow mint struck some coins in antimony (which was locally in abundance), and remains the only place in the world to do so. The Kweichow mint opened in 1730, producing cash coins.