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China Manchukuo (Manchoukuo) Li and Fen  1933 to 1939
China Manchukuo (Manchoukuo) Li and Fen 1933 to 1939

Some people are very creative. Carol was having a hard time photographing her Chinese coin, so she implemented Plan B and did very well. You can see her sketch below. Not bad!

Carol probably has a 5 li or 1 fen coin from the Japanese Puppet State of Manchoukuo in China. At the end of World War I, Japan had designs of world domination and they pushed in to China in an attempt to control the entire Asiatic region. While there, they minted these coins with a single flag pattern. There are many Chinese coins with two crossed flags, but this one has a single flag.

We always give approximate valuations at CoinQuest, but this is extra true with Chinese coins. The entrance of China as a world player is causing large fluctuations in coin values, and there are also subtle variations is design and date that push values up or pull them down. Further, counterfeiting is rampant in China, so you are never really sure if you coin is genuine or fake. If you have a nice-looking example of this coin, it is best to seek a knowledgeable collector or dealer for an in-person appraisal. Here are some VERY approximate values:

5 LI (20 mm diameter)
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated: $100

1 FEN (25 mm diameter)
worn: $5 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $50

Coin: 12748 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Carol, Wed, 10-Oct-2012 02:20:57 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Fri, 03-May-2013 03:07:44 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Fri, 26-Sep-2014 18:53:10 GMT
Requester description: I'm attaching a drawing I made of both sides of the coin. I tried to recreate the Asian symbols as best I could. On the side with the flag, there are four symbols I left off, because they were too difficult to try. On the other side I did the two symbols and the bow. The other scribbles are supposed to be leaves & flowers.
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