Anhwei 1898 (year 24) dollar Y-45.3

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photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
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Anwhei was made a separate province in China in the 17th century. It consists primarily of agricultural land. The Anwhei mint began production in 1897, closed in 1899, and reopened again in 1902. Production was entirely of copper cash coins after 1902.

The specimen shown was lot 60006 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $101,575. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHINA. Anhwei. 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar), Year 24 (1898). The English letters 'T.A.S.C.' are neatly placed in a clockwise manner in the field, Wenchao suggests its meaning as an abbreviation of 'TATSING AN-HWEI SILVER COIN', meaning 'Anhwei silver coin of the Great Q'ing'. Attractive multicolored toning. 正面中央的"T.A.S.C."英文字母,《中國歷代金銀貨幣通覽》記載有旋讀解釋為“大清安徽銀幣”之可能。漂亮的五彩包漿。NGC MS-62. Ex: Patrick Tan Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27.10 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.7842 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: L&M-199; K-57; Y-45.3; Hsu-182.


  • Bruce II, Colin R., and Michael, Thomas, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 19th Century 1801-1900, 4th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2004.
  • Kann, Eduard. Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins, Vol. 1 of 3. Bronx, NY: Ishi Press International, 2006.
  • Lin Gwo Ming, Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Gold & Silver Coins: Ching and Republican Issues, Seventh Edition, Hong Kong: Ma Tak Wo Numismatic Co., Ltd., 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 162: The August 2011 Hong Kong Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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