Chihli 1898 (year 24) 50 cents Y-64.2

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Ponterio sale 167, lot 51152
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 51152 in Ponterio sale 167 (Hong Kong, August 2012), where it sold for $1,314. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang Arsenal). 50 Cents, Year 24 (1898). PCGS VF-35 Secure Holder. 光緒二十四年北洋機器局造五角銀幣。 PCGS VF-35 Secure Holder. She Yim (Hap) Wong Collection."

Recorded mintage: 176,000.

Specification: 13.30 g, 0.8600 fine silver, 0.3678 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: L&M-450; K-192; Y-64.2; Hsu-22.


  • 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 167: The August 2012 Hong Kong Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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