Kirin (1902) dollar

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 28926
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23926 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $8,625. The catalog description[1] noted, "Kirin. Dollar CD1902, AU58 NGC, extremely sharp with abundant mint luster, a very attractive Kirin Dollar and well above most seen in the market." This type was struck until 1908 yet is among the scarcer of the so-called "dragon dollars" issued by the provincial mints in the last years of the Manchu dynasty. Kirin is now known as Jilin province and is in the north along the border with North Korea. It is most familiar to Westerners as the origin of Kirin beer.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 26.1 g, silver.

Catalog reference: KM183a.1, L&M-542.


  • 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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