Y# 361 1942 Dr. Sun Yi-Sen, Nickel 20 Cents Republic China Edge Reeded Year 31

Y# 361 1942 Dr. Sun Yi-Sen, Nickel 20 Cents Republic China Edge Reeded Year 31

Republic of China
1942 Dr. Sun, Yi-Sen, Nickel 20 Cents

Catalog Number: Y# 361




Weight: 4.8 grams, Size: 24 mm; Material: Copper-nickel

 

Obverse

Portrait of Dr. Sun, Yi-Sen, text "Republic of China, year XX" (Year 1 = 1911, end of the Chinese empire)

Lettering: 年 一 十 三 國 民 華 中

Reverse

Ancient Spade money Wen Bei

Lettering:

分 廿

Edge:

Reeded

 

Catalog Number: Y# 361

 

 

 

 

REFORMED COINAGE OF 1936

As part of their Fa Bi (Legal tender) reforms of 1936 the Nationalist Government introduced a series of small denomination coins at a new mint set up in Shanghai, in nickel or cupro-nickel and copper, which continued to be minted until 1942-1943. The cupro-nickel coins except for the smallest denomination, the 5 fen, had the portrait of Sun Yat-sen on the obverse and a representation of an ancient spade coin (pu) on the reverse together with the value in Chinese characters. The copper coins had an obverse design of the Chinese national sun emblem, also with a pu reverse and the denomination.

The initial series comprised 20 fen, 10 fen, 5 fen in cupro-nickel and a one fen and half fen in copper. The half fen coin was discontinued after the first issue, but a small brass 2 fen coin was added in 1939 and a half dollar (50 fen) cupro-nickel in 1941. The 1 fen coin was changed to a smaller brass coin in 1939 and then to an aluminium coin in 1940. The 5 fen also became an aluminium coin during the same year. The weight of the 10 fen coin was reduced in 1940 and when the 20 fen coin was minted again in 1942 it was also at a reduced weight.

 

 

 

 

 

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Y# 361 1942 Dr. Sun Yi-Sen, Nickel 20 Cents Republic China Edge Reeded Year 31

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