China (1911) dollar

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 23900
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23900 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $37,375. The catalog description[1] noted, "Empire. Dollar Year 3 (1911), MS65+ PCGS, variety without the dot after DOLLAR. A superb example with satiny gray and gold patina and virtually perfect surfaces. Extremely rare in this superior quality and a coin with exceptional eye appeal. The nicest example of this type we have seen. Ex: Irving Goodman Collection." This type was struck over a period of years at several mints and it is listed as common but choice examples are, as always, scarce. The Chinese Empire collapsed the following year, in 1912.

Recorded mintage: 77,153,000.

Specification: 26.9 g, .900 fine silver, .778 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-Y31, L&M-37.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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