Chihli 1898 (year 24) 50 cents Y-64.1
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 60056 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $11,950. The catalog description noted, “CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang Arsenal). 50 Cents, Year 24 (1898). The finest certified by NGC. NGC鑑定評分最高的一枚。 NGC AU-58. Ex: Wayte Raymond Collection, NASCA December 1977 Auction, lot# 916. Ex: Chin Family Collection."
Recorded mintage: 21,000.
Specification: 13.30 g, 0.860 fine silver, 0.3678 oz ASW.
Catalog reference: L&M-450; K-192; Y-64.1; Hsu-22.
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- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 162: The August 2011 Hong Kong Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.