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Soviet made Yuan Shi-Kai 20 Cents

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Republic of China type - under War Lord Yuan Shi-Kai. However, the details/style of this coin has been classified by experts as a very rare issue of the Chinese Soviets. The Soviets made copies of various Republic coins in order to purchase items outside of the Red Army Base Camps. Their soviet money was not accepted outside their camps due to the severe penalties and death for holding communist money.
The dollars seem to be way more prevalent than any of the fractional denominations. Lots of luster on worn dies, probably should be graded higher.
This is the description presented at the Apr 2012 Stacks Bowers HK Auction where I bought this at $417 + fees:
"CHINA. - Soviet Issues. 20 Cents, Year 3 (1914). PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder. cf.L&M-65; cf.K-561; cf.Y-327; cf.Hsu-68. A piece which we believe to be a Soviet imitation made to purchase goods in republic controlled regions. Note the stylistic irregularities in the ear, mustache and hairline of Yuan Shih-kai as well as differences in the legend's calligraphy. Well made and apparently still an effective forgery.
Estimate: $300 - $500. PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder"


Here are a number of RARE articles on Communist Chinese Soviet coins & notes from the Moneta Library:
VIEW & DOWNLOAD:
Chinese Soviet Coins and Notes - Raeburn (1st research 1937!): [ link ]
Chinese Soviet Coins Intriguing - Hogan: [ link ]
Chinese Communist Armies - Kann (excerpt): [ link ]
Soviet Chinese Copper Coins - Hua Guangpu (Little Brown Book): [ link ]


The premier articles on Early Chinese Soviet issues are the invaluable documents below. It covers the history, coins and notes from 1927-1935 and includes photos and a map: (with color photos; in 3 parts);
Money of Communist China - Sandrock Part I: [ link ]
Money of Communist China - Sandrock Part II: [ link ]
Money of Communist China - Sandrock Part III: [ link ]
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Keywords: China Yuan Shi Kai
Denomination: 20 Cents
Reference #: KM Y#27; L&M 65 (type)
Date/Mintmark: 1914
Condition: PCGS AU55
Metal: silver
Additional Categories: China, Republic - Struck Coinage

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