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Coins from the People's Republic of China

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The People’s Republic of China (“China”) is located in Asia and is the largest country by population and by size, excluding Russia and Canada. As a country, China dates back to 2070 BC, however its current form as the People’s Republic of China was only established in 1949 after the Chinese Civil War. Succeeding the nationalist government, the communist government has ruled mainland China since. The currency of China is the Yuan, which began as a form of continuation of the nationalists’ currency. It was, however, rapidly “revaluated” soon after the establishment of the new republic, with zeroes being “cut off” from the currency. Each yuan is divided into 100 fen, or 10 jiao, with early coinage from the PRC consisting principally of aluminium 1, 2, and 5 fen pieces. These coins continue to be issued for limited usage today. Following the economic reforms of the 1970s, higher denomination coins such as 1, 2, and 5 jiao (10, 20, 50 fen), and 1 yuan coins were issued for limited circulation. The first jiao- and yuan-denominated coins to be circulated on a large-scale basis were issued in the 1990s. Today, China continues to issue the fen coins, although they are not commonly used for circulation and are extremely rare to find as it is primarily banks who use them for balancing purposes. The 1 and 5 jiao, as well as the 1 yuan coin are commonly used, however the large-size 1 jiao is generally no longer accepted. Read more

See also: China - Republic, China - Empire, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Tibet

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People's Republic of China

10 Yuan (Auspicious Matters - Traditional Chinese Mascot) – obverse
10 Yuan (Auspicious Matters - Traditional Chinese Mascot) – reverse
10 Yuan (Auspicious Matters - Traditional Chinese Mascot)
1997
Non circulating coin
Silver • 31.10 g • ⌀ 40 mm
KM# 1059A
10 Yuan (New Millenium) – obverse
10 Yuan (New Millenium) – reverse
10 Yuan (New Millenium)
2000
Non circulating coin
Silver (0.999) • 31.10 g • ⌀ 40 mm
KM# 1331
50 Yuan (Year of the Snake) – obverse
50 Yuan (Year of the Snake) – reverse
50 Yuan (Year of the Snake)
1989
Non circulating coin
Silver (.999) • 155.5 g • ⌀ 70 mm
KM# 233
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery) – obverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery) – reverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery)
1990
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g • ⌀ 27 mm
KM# 326
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery) – obverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery) – reverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery)
1990
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g • ⌀ 27 mm
KM# 327
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery) – obverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery) – reverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery)
1990
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g
KM# 328
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery) – obverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery) – reverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery)
1990
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g • ⌀ 27 mm
KM# 329
50 Yuan (Year of the Monkey) – obverse
50 Yuan (Year of the Monkey) – reverse
50 Yuan (Year of the Monkey)
1992
Non circulating coin
Silver (.999) • 155.5 g
KM# 429
50 Yuan (Chin with Yin Yang) – obverse
50 Yuan (Chin with Yin Yang) – reverse
50 Yuan (Chin with Yin Yang)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g
KM# 501
50 Yuan (Stirrup) – obverse
50 Yuan (Stirrup) – reverse
50 Yuan (Stirrup)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g
KM# 503
50 Yuan (Invention of Umbrella) – obverse
50 Yuan (Invention of Umbrella) – reverse
50 Yuan (Invention of Umbrella)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g
KM# 504
50 Yuan (Excavation of the Terra-cotta army) – obverse
50 Yuan (Excavation of the Terra-cotta army) – reverse
50 Yuan (Excavation of the Terra-cotta army)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.56 g • ⌀ 40 mm
KM# 505
50 Yuan (Mathematical Definition of Zero) – obverse
50 Yuan (Mathematical Definition of Zero) – reverse
50 Yuan (Mathematical Definition of Zero)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.56 g • ⌀ 40 mm
KM# 506
50 Yuan (Yin and Yang Philosophy) – obverse
50 Yuan (Yin and Yang Philosophy) – reverse
50 Yuan (Yin and Yang Philosophy)
1993
Non circulating coin
Silver (.999) • 155.52 g
KM# 507
50 Yuan (100th Anniversary of Chairman Mao's Birth) – obverse
50 Yuan (100th Anniversary of Chairman Mao's Birth) – reverse
50 Yuan (100th Anniversary of Chairman Mao's Birth)
1993
Non circulating coin
Silver (.999) • 155.52 g • ⌀ 70 mm
KM# 543
50 Yuan (Goddess Kuan Yin) – obverse
50 Yuan (Goddess Kuan Yin) – reverse
50 Yuan (Goddess Kuan Yin)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g
KM# 550
50 Yuan (Archeological Finds - Human Figure Lantern) – obverse
50 Yuan (Archeological Finds - Human Figure Lantern) – reverse
50 Yuan (Archeological Finds - Human Figure Lantern)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 16.98 g
KM# 573
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, Zhi Nan Temple) – obverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, Zhi Nan Temple) – reverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, Zhi Nan Temple)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g
KM# 579
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, Da Cheng Hall) – obverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, Da Cheng Hall) – reverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, Da Cheng Hall)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g
KM# 580
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, De Yue Mansion) – obverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, De Yue Mansion) – reverse
50 Yuan (Taiwan Scenery, De Yue Mansion)
1993
Non circulating coin
Gold (.999) • 15.55 g
KM# 581

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