Sinkiang AH1321 5 miscal Y-19a.1

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Sinkiang (Xinjiang) was for many years an autonomous region covering much of the western part of China, and was center stage for the various ‘Silk Road’ routes connecting eastern China with Central Asia, the Middle East, and ultimately Europe. The region was made a province of China in 1884, and at about this time only three of the previous eight mints were operative (Kashgar, Tihwa, and Aksu).

The specimen shown was lot 60505 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $1,792. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHINA. Sinkiang. 5 Mace, AH 1321 (1903). Kashgar Mint. 回曆1321年 (1903)喀造光緒銀圓伍錢。Toned. 有包漿。NGC AU-55. Ex: The Frank Robinson Collection.”

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.20 g, silver

Catalog reference: L&M-721; K-1090; Y-19a.1; Hsu-385.


  • 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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