Chihli 1897 (year 23) 1 dollar Y-65.1

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photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

Chihli (or Zhili) was a province originally incorporating the present-day capital city of Beijing. The word ‘Zhihli’ translates to ‘centrally ruled’, in other words, the region was under the direct administration of the Emperor rather than functioning as a normal province. Chihli had several mints, the earliest beginning operations in 1645 AD.

The specimen shown was lot 60040 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $29,875. The catalog description[1] noted, “CHINA. Chihli. Dollar, Year 23 (1897). Pei Yang Arsenal Mint. NGC MS-64. Ex: Wayte Raymond Collection, NASCA December 1977 Auction, lot# 914. Ex: Chin Family Collection."

Recorded mintage: 1,120,000.

Specification: 26.70g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.7727 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: L&M-444; K-186c; Y-65.1; Hsu-16.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • 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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