Yunnan 1949 (year 38) 20 cents Y-493

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Ponterio sale 162, lot 60710
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

Yunnan Province lies in the south of China, bordering Burma (Myanmar), Laos, and Vietman. Various mints were active in imperial times, with one modern mint operating in Kunming starting in 1905, striking the first copper coins in 1906 and silver in 1908.

The specimen shown was lot 60710 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHINA. Yunnan. 20 Cents, Year 38 (1949). 民國三十八年雲南省造半圓銀幣。Provincial capitol. 大會堂。PCGS AU-53.”

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 5.60g, silver.

Catalog reference: L&M-432; K-774; Y-493; Hsu-305.


  • 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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