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This Soviet was one of the original Base Camps from which the Long March began. This coin, and the other even rarer one, KM2 (if you can imagine such!) were issued before they were forced to flee. They took coins and minting equipment when the March began but at the first river battle they had to lighten their loads and dump it all in the river. There is only one other coin in Chinese monetary history that bears the value (50 Cash), and date, in English. The '10' after 1931 might refer to the month of October.
This example was obtained at the Baldwin Hong Kong auction #42 (30 Aug. '07), Lot #547 it brought $862. These coins are always crude and lightly struck, this example is far better than the current KM plate coin. From Guangpu (below): Reading characters from the left side: "Minted by Northwest District of Anhui Soviet." See the Museum for an obvious fake of the other Wan-Hsi-Pei issues.


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: September 1, 2007 · Views: 10,453 · Filesize: 41.1kb, 84.0kb · Dimensions: 850 x 433 ·
Keywords: Wan Hsi Pei Soviet
Denomination: 50 Cash
Reference #: KM 1
Date/Mintmark: 1931
Condition: VF+
Weight: 17.64 gm; 38mm
Metal: Brass

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