KIRIN Province Silver 20 Cents Dragon Dollar Emperor Guangxu CHINA 1.44 Mace 189

KIRIN Province Silver 20 Cents Dragon Dollar Emperor Guangxu CHINA 1.44 Mace 1898

Silver Dragon Dollar 20 Cents

Emperor Guangxu CHINA 1 Mace 4.4 Candareens

KIRIN Province 1898




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5.3 grams; Silver 800; size: 23.4 mm

Emperor Guangxu CHINA 1 Mace 4.4 Candareens Dragon Dollar 20 Cents

KIRIN province 1898

 

 

The province of Kirin (Jilin) lies in Manchuria, north of the present day border of North Korea. The mint opened in 1881 and for many years struck only trial pieces. Silver milled coins were produced from 1895 onward. Many were dated using the sexagenary cycle. The mint burnt down in 1911.


Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: L&M-510.

 

Obverse: Center: Bonsai flower
Top to bottom: Guangx?(光緒), emperor from 1875 to1908 Right to left: "currency" (yuan-pao, 寶元)
On top: Kirin province name At the bottom: Coin weight

Lettering:
* 造 省 林 吉 *
      光
寶       元
     緒
厘四分四錢一平庫


Reverse: Dragon face. The text lists The text lists the minting province and the coin weight:


Lettering:
* KRIN PROVINCE * 1 Mace 4.4 Candareens

Edge: Reeded

 

Silver Dragon Dollar

Silver Dragon coins, also sometimes known as Dragon dollars, are silver coins issued by China, Japan and later Korea for general circulation in their own countries. Featuring a dragon on the obverse, all were inspired by the silver Spanish dollar which following its introduction into the region in the 16th Century had set the standard for a de facto common currency for trade in the Far East, this specification being a weight of 27.22 grams and a fineness of .900.


Chinese coins of this type are known Kwangtung dollars from the old romanisation of the name of the mint that they were first produced in China, more popularly they are known in Chinese as 龍銀, literally "Dragon Silver" or "Dragon Money", 銀 capable of being read as both silver or money.


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