Kirin ND (1903) 20 cash Y-178

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Ponterio sale 162, lot 60407
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

The province of Kirin (Jilin) lies in Manchuria, north of the present day border of North Korea. The mint opened in 1881 and for many years struck only trial pieces. Silver milled coins were produced from 1895 onward. Many were dated using the sexagenary cycle. The mint burnt down in 1911.

The specimen shown was lot 60407 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $2988. The catalog description[1] noted, “CHINA. Kirin. 20 Cash, ND (1903). 中滿文。PCGS AU-53."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: copper.

Catalog reference: Y-178; CCC-486; Hsu-485; Duan-1270.


  • 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, Ponterio sale 162: The August 2011 Hong Kong Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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