Hupeh 1904 (year 30) 1 tael Y-128.2

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photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

Hupeh Province is located in east-central China. The mint was active from the early Manchu dynasty, and adapted for modern coin mintage in 1895.

The specimen shown was lot 60193 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $89,625. The catalog description[1] noted, “CHINA. Hupeh. Tael, Year 30 (1904). 光緒三十年湖北省造大清銀幣庫平壹兩。Mint State Small characters. Nicely toned. 字版。包漿良好。NGC MS-63. Ex: Stack's October 1977 Auction, lot# 851. Ex: Chin Family Collection.”

Recorded mintage: 648,000 (all varieties).

Specification: 37.70 g, 0.877 silver, 1.0631 oz ASW.

Catalog reference: L&M-180; K-933; Y-128.2; Hsu-190.


  • 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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