Kwangtung (1890-1908) dollar

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 23931
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries
Sincona sale 4, lot 6084

The first specimen was lot 23931 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $1,265. The catalog description[1] noted, "Kwangtung. Dollar ND (1890-1908), AU58 NGC, nearly fully lustrous with small contact marks in the reverse fields." The second specimen was lot 6084 in Sincona sale 4 (Zurich, October 2011), where it sold for 1,300 CHF (about US$1,729 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[2] noted, "CHINA Hsiengfen Kwang-Tung. Dollar n. d. (1890). Kann 26. Extremely fine." This type was struck over a period of years and is among the more common of the so-called "dragon dollars" issued by the provincial mints in the last years of the Manchu dynasty. Kwangtung is now known as Guangdong province and is the area around Canton (Guangzhou).

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 27 g, .900 fine silver, .781 troy oz ASW, the second specimen 26,99 g.

Catalog reference: KM-Y203, L&M-133.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • 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.
  • [2]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes: Auction 4, Zurich: SINCONA AG, 2011.

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