Szechuan (1903-05) 20 cash Y-227
Szechuan (Sichuan) Province is in the south central part of China, and is an important economic power in the country. The capital is Chengdu. In the early 20th Century it, along with Tibet, was made a special administrative disctrict, acknowledging the dominance of non-Han Chinese people in the region. The Szechuan mint with modern equipment opened in 1898 with machinery brought from New Jersey, USA. Another mint was opened in Chungking in 1905.
The specimen shown was lot 60646 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $448. The catalog description noted, "CHINA. Szechuan. 20 Cash, ND (ca. 1903-05). 四川官局造光緒元寶每枚當制錢二十文。 NGC VF-35 BN. Ex: The Frank Robinson Collection."
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: Y-227; CCC-357; Duan-1936.
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- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 162: The August 2011 Hong Kong Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.