Kirin 1907 CD 50 cents Y-182.3

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photo courtesy Stack’s-Bowers Auctions LLC
photo courtesy Stack’s-Bowers Auctions LLC

The province of Kirin (Jilin) lies in Manchuria, north of the present day border of North Korea. The mint opened in 1881 and for many years struck only trial pieces. Silver milled coins were produced from 1895 onward. Many were dated using the sexagenary cycle. The mint burnt down in 1911.

The specimen shown was lot 60401 at the The August 2011 Hong Kong Auction by Stack’s Bowers Auctions (August 21, 2011) where it sold for $657. The catalog description[1] noted, “CHINA. Kirin. 3 Mace 6 Candareens (1/2 Dollar), CD (1907). NGC VF Details--Polished. Wa She Wong Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 13.10 g, silver.

Catalog reference: Y-182.3; L&M-568; Kann-553.


  • 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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