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20th Century Chinese Dollar

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1982N142
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1902 - 1902


Traditionally China only made base metal coins. Silver was only used as ingots of varying weight and value. Foreign silver dollar coins began to reach China from the 17th century and began circulating there, but it was not until 1890 that the Chinese government finally started issuing silver dollars of its own. These 'dragon coins', like this example minted in Zhejiang Province in 1902, were inscribed in both Chinese and English.

Gift from Mint, Birmingham Ltd (Ralph Heaton and Sons) , 1981.

Further Information

Production Period:20th century
Denomination:1 Dollar
Currency:China - Che Kiang Province
Place of Origin:Zheijiang Province, China

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Diameter:39 mm