Chihli 1908 (year 34) 1 dollar Y-73.4
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 21127 in the Stack's Bowers April 2012 Hong Kong Auction (Sale #165), where it sold for $4,182. The catalog description noted, "CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang). 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar), Year 34 (1908) "Crosslet Four". NGC AU Details--Surface Hairlines. Cleaned long ago resulting in hairlines."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Specification: 26.70 g, 0.900 fine silver, 0.7727 oz. ASW.
Catalog reference: L&M-466; K-210; Y-73.4; Hsu-37.
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- Ponterio, Richard, The April 2012 Hong Kong Auction, Sale #165, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.