5 Mace - Guangxu Fantasy; "SUNGAREI"

Features

Country Sinkiang Province
Emperor Guangxu (1875-1908)
Type Fantasy items › Fantasy currency
Value 5 Mace (0.5)
Composition Silver
Weight 18.71 g
Size 33 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 292116
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# Pn46,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Kann# 1032
Eduard Kann; 2006. Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins / Volume 1. Chinese Coins up to 1911. Ishi Press International, Bronx, New York, United States.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Four Chinese ideograms read top to bottom, right to left with Manchu characters in the centre, all surrounded by more Chinese ideograms.

Lettering:
造省疆新

ᠪᠠᡩᠠᡵᠠᠩᡤᠠ
寶 ᠶᡠᠸᠠᠨ ᠪᠣᠣ 元
ᡩᠣᡵᠣ

錢五重平庫

Translation:
Made in Sinkiang Province
Guangxu (Emperor) / Yuanbao (Original currency)
Guangxu (Emperor) / Yuanbao (Original currency)
Worth 5 Mace weight

Reverse

Dragon with pearl at centre surrounded by English legend.

Lettering:
SUNGAREI
5 MACE

Comments

While Krause lists these as being struck in 1906, recent evidence shows these were made from Otto Bleh dies, who struck some patterns for varies Chinese provinces between 1897 and 1899. Denominations of 1 Mace, 2 Mace, 4 Mace, and 1 Yuan (7 Mace and 2 Candareens) are known, with the last two denominations only known by patterns.

Only the 1 Mace and 2 Mace denominations were released into circulation, with very few known to exist today.

The 5 Mace examples are considered fantasies.

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