20 Cash, Issued by Chihli (the name of the Provence was changed toHebei (Hopei) in 1928), China, year 25 of Kuang Hsu (1899)
Struck at the Peiyang Arsenal mint, Tientsin
At centre within a circle of beads, four Chinese around four Manchu characters; around above and below, 11 characters
At centre, a dragon facing, body curved around a pearl; around above,25th YEAR OE KUANG HSU; around below, PEI YANG
The name of the Province, Chihli meant 'directly ruled' (by the Imperial Court) and so was changed in 1928 to Hebei (meaning 'north of the river' in this case meaning the Yellow River).
The mint at the Peiyang Arsenal replaced the Paoting mint, which produced cast coins for the Province, in 1888. It was upgraded with a silver coin section in 1896 but was destroyed during the Boxer Rebellion (1900-1901) and not re-opened until 1902. This example has the error OE instead of OF in the reverse legend.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
Year 25, Kuang Hsu
Type of item
24 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.71 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900., 187 Pages