Chihli 1908 (year 34) dollar Y-73.1

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Ponterio sale 162, lot 60102
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 60102 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $13,145. The catalog description[1] noted, “CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang). 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar), Year 34 (1908). Tientsin Mint. Crosslet "4". Cleaned long ago, now toned. 藝術字"4"。早期清洗,已包漿。NGC AU Details--Excessive Surface Hairlines. Wa She Wong Collection.

Recorded mintage: 22,018,000.

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

Catalog reference: L&M-466; K-210; Y-73.1.


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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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