Sun Yat-sen Chinese Junk Boat Silver Half Dollar 3 Birds Over Junk Year 21 1932

Sun Yat-sen Chinese Junk Boat Silver Half Dollar 3 Birds Over Junk Year 21 1932 AD

Chinese Silver Half Dollar

Republic of China Year 21 (1932)

With 3 Birds Over Junk

Sun Yat-sen Chinese Junk Boat Silver Half Dollar




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13.38 grams; Silver 900; size: 33.6 mm

Year 21 1932 AD Sun Yat-sen Chinese Junk Boat Silver Half Dollar

Obverse: Sun Yat-sen facing left

Lettering: 年一十二國民華中

Reverse: a Chinese junk boat, Three Birds

Lettering: 圓半幣位本金

which means: Gold standard Half dollar

Edge: Reeded

 

The obverse shows a close-up profile of Sun Yat-sen facing left. Sun Yat-sen was the president of Nationalist China and is referred to as the “Father of the Nation” and “forerunner of democratic revolution” in the People’s Republic of China. He was instrumental in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty and was the first provisional president of the new republic. He is unique among 20th century Chinese politicians for being revered by both the Nationalist and the Communist Chinese. The reverse depicts a Chinese junk boat. It is an ancient sailing vessel that is still in use today. They were used 200 years BC and as sea-going vessels by the 2nd century AD. They are efficient and sturdy and were capable of carrying men and commerce on the high stormy seas as well as on inland waterways.

In the early twentieth century, China had no central bank. The monetary system was based on private banks that used silver as the primary medium of exchange. A year after the Nationalist Party came to power in 1927, the Central Bank of China was established and the country went on a Chinese silver-dollar standard.

For the first two year of the Great Depression, China did well financially and economically with domestic prices rising. But in September 1931, Great Britain went off the gold standard, and many countries engaged in currency depreciation, which negatively affected the value of the Chinese silver dollar on the foreign exchange markets.

In 1933 and 1934, when FDR allowed silver as part of the New Deal, the United States government went on a silver-buying spree to inflate the price in the United States. As the export price for silver rose, silver flowed from China to the United States. This drain of sliver caused catastrophic price deflation which severely hit Chinese agriculture and industry. In 1935 the Central Bank of China took the country off the silver standard. Bank notes became legal tender, which led to monetary disaster with the coming of the war with Japan.

 

 

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Sun Yat-sen Chinese Junk Boat Silver Half Dollar 3 Birds Over Junk Year 21 1932

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