China Szechuan Province Dollar and 50 Cents (Fakes are possible)  1901 to 1911
China Szechuan Province Dollar and 50 Cents (Fakes are possible) 1901 to 1911

The dragon is one of the favorite patterns of Chinese coins. Conversion of the monetary units goes like this:

3.6 candareens = 5 cents
7.2 candareens = 10 cents
1 mace and 4.4 candareens = 20 cents
3 mace and 6 candareens = 50 cents
7 mace and 2 candareens = 1 dollar

Szechuan Province issued 50 cents and 1 dollar coins in silver between 1901 and 1911.

Many of today's catalogs are less generous with the values they quote for these coins. According to Anthony LLano, owner of ChinaRareCoin,

'This type of field is new even for the Chinese. As the early Chinese coin market gets hot, people are starting to realize how few of these coins there are. This is why the price is going up. This process will happen naturally because of the low availability of the coins.'

All in all, like many things Chinese, the field of Chinese coin collecting is new and exciting. We have taken our best shot at representative values for the Szechuan coins below.

50 CENTS (3 mace and 6 candareens)
worn: $30
average circulated: $60
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $650

1 DOLLAR (7 mace and 2 candareens)
worn: $40
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $2000

Use our Important Terminology page to convert the catalog values above to actual values.

You must watch out for counterfeits on all valuable coins, and coins from China are particularly unacceptable to fakes. There is a giant counterfeit industry in China which is setting the rare coin business on its ear.

The coin in our primary picture comes from an eBay seller we will not name. CoinQuest is not an authentication agency, but my guess is that the eBay coin is a fake. You can see the difference in minute details in the side-by-side comparison picture below. The coin on the left is certified by NGC and is therefore almost surely a genuine Szechuan dollar. (You can see part of the white NGC holder around the edges of the lefthand image.) The coin on the right is suspect.

Be careful of spending a lot of money on rare coins from a dealer you do not know well.

Coin: 12325 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: James, Sun, 02-Sep-2012 04:26:17 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Fri, 03-May-2013 03:04:41 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, Tue, 19-Aug-2014 17:37:43 GMT
Requester description: Front: In the middle is a large dragon that takes up the majority of the coin. on top it says 'szechuen province.' Then on the bottom it says 7 mace and 3 candareens. and on either side of the dragon are two small crosses. Back: Theres a circle in the middle and within it is 4 chinese symbols. above the circle are 4 more chinese symbols. Then on then on bottom is 6 Chinese symobols. then agian on eighter side of the circle are two small crosses. The boarder of the coin is simlar to a USD quarter dollar
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