10 Fen - Guangxu Pattern

Features

Issuer Empire of China
Emperor Qing dynasty › Guangxu (1875-1908)
Type Pattern
Year 37 (1900)
Calendar Chinese cyclical (cycle starting in 1864)
Value 10 Fen (0.1)
Currency Peking Tael (1900)
Composition Silver
Weight 2.60 g
Diameter 18 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 243325
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# Pn286,
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# 236
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 left with Manchu characters in the centre, all surrounded by more Chinese ideograms.

Lettering:
造製局京
子庚

ᠪᠠᡩᠠᡵᠠᠩᡤᠠ
寶 ᠶᡠᠸᠠᠨ ᠪᠣᠣ 元
ᡩᠣᡵᠣ

釐二分七平庫

Translation:
Made in Peking Mint
Year 37
Guangxu (Emperor) / Yuanbao (Original currency)
Guangxu (Emperor) / Yuanbao (Original currency)
Worth 7.2 Candareens (weight)

Reverse

Dragon with pearl at centre surrounded by English legend.

Lettering:
PEKING
7.2 CANDAREENS

Edge

Reeded.

Comments

The Peking Mint opened in 1899, and one later, these coins were minted as an attempt to establish a national silver currency. However, the Boxer Rebellion broke out that same year, which devistated Peking and destroyed the mint. Luckily, the original dies were saved, and restrikes were made in Hong Kong in 1947. While some actual patterns likely exist, most are restrikes (which are very rare themselves).

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
37 (1900)  子庚

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