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Min-Che-Kan Soviet - Lenin Dollar
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This, and the Museum's second example with hammer & sickle reverse, are still controversial issues. KM has them as "authenticity in doubt", and Wenchao (Shanghai Museum) has them as 'fabrications.' However, Duncan Raeburn in his monograph "Chinese Soviet - Coins & Notes", a work printed and read before the Numismatic Society of China in Shanghai in January 1937, shows this profile portrait coin of Lenin (w/hammer & sickle). Kann (#800) shows a profile Lenin Dollar too. I am confident that this is the first article ever describing the issues of the Chinese Soviets. Yet, these are remarkable strikes compared to all other Soviet issues. Wenchao shows them as being minted in several varieties: 1) this with 'One Yuan' reverse; 2) Hammer & Sickle rev.; 3) a mule with portraits Ob. & Rx; 4) struck in gold w/hammer & sickle Rx.
The evidence from Raeburn shows that these were struck fairly early during chaotic times. These facts might lead one to conclude that these issues were presentation pieces most likely with the USSR in mind. To the extent that the USSR aided the cause of revolutionary movements worldwide these pieces could have been struck as a token of gratitude. These are considered 'Fantasy' pieces, which the Chinese call 'Mint Sports'. They are very scarce and collectable. Reeded edge.


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: Min-Che-Kan Soviet Commusnist Chinese
Denomination: Dollar (Yuan)
Reference #: KM 1
Date/Mintmark: 1934
Condition: UNC
Weight: 27 gm; 39 mm
Metal: Ag

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