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This is the rare variety with large, decorative stars (the rays have some irregular shapes rather than the common type with straight points). The obverse shows a globe with parts of China shown, there is a hammer & sickle superimposed. Note that Wenchou says that this is the Reverse side. In any case the characters on top mean "Unite, proletariat of the world"; the year '1934' is shown below. The KM reverse shows the value in the center as "One Yuan" circumscribed with the words "The Chinese Soviet Republic - Szechuan-Shensi".
Made by the mint of this Soviet on the outskirts of Tongjiang city in Sichuan Province. It was issued by the Worker-Peasant Bank in December of 1933 and ciculated in that base-camp area.
All examples I have examined (4) show the same minor details in the design and in die flaws. As this is a rare variety I believe that these were all struck with a single set of dies that were never re-tooled. The only rarer types are those with hollow or pentagram stars which I have never seen in hand. Please see another example in the Gallery at:
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Other references for this type is Wenchou #1094 & Kann 808a. Note that there are materials in the on-line library for the Chinese Soviet Army Base Camp issues.
There is another photo of this coin, larger format, that includes a close-up of the edge reeding: [ link ]


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 ]
· Date: April 22, 2007 · Views: 13,006 · Filesize: 43.6kb, 82.4kb · Dimensions: 800 x 403 ·
Keywords: Szechuan Shenzi Soviet Chinese Dollar
Denomination: Dollar (Yuan)
Reference #: Y 513; LM 890a
Date/Mintmark: 1934
Condition: XF+
Weight: 26.31 gm; ~38.5 mm
Metal: Ag - Silver (.890?)

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