Szechuan 1918 (year 7) 50 cash Y-449.2

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Ponterio sale 162, lot 60645
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

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 60645 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHINA. Szechuan. 50 Cash, Year 7 (1918). 民國七年軍政府造四川銅幣當制錢五十文。VERY FINE. Ex: The Frank Robinson Collection."

Recorded mintage: 489,382,000.

Specification:” brass

Catalog reference: Y-449.2 (for type); Duan-2172.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • 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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