Honan 1931 (year 20) 20 cash Y-A397

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photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

Honan Province in the south east of China began coin production in 1647. A mint for struck coinage began operation in 1905.

The specimen shown was lot 61225 in Stack's Bowers April 2012 Hong Kong Auction (Sale #165), where it sold for $1076. The catalog description[1] noted, “Lot #21225. CHINA. Honan. 20 Cash, Year 20 (1931). 民國二十年當制錢二十文。RARE. 罕見。旗上五角星。NGC VF-25 BN. Frank Robinson Collection.”

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: Y-A397; CCC-555; Hsu-Unlisted; Duan-2643.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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,’’The April 2012 Hong Kong Auction, Sale #165’’ Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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