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China Chihli Province (Pei Yang) 5, 10, and 20 Cash  1906
China Chihli Province (Pei Yang) 5, 10, and 20 Cash 1906

These copper coins from the Chihli (Zhili) Province of China have the dragon on the front and Chinese symbols on the back. Pei Yang indicates the mint and is sometimes referred to as the Pei Yang Arsenal mint in Tientsin (Tianjin). The catalogs show relatively low values for these copper coins (the corresponding silver coins are much more valuable), but I would hold on to your coin because the price will very likely rise sharply. CoinQuest believes Chinese coins will be the next big star in coin collecting. The main thing holding them back is the rampant counterfeiting now going on.

Here are the current values called out in the Standard Catalog. The 10 cash coin is by far the most common.

5 CASH
worn: $4 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved: $50

10 CASH
worn: $1 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $5

20 CASH
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $40
well preserved: $70

As with all Chinese coins, we present above only very approximate values and we do not account for subtle variations in special coins that can be worth more. If you have a nice-looking PEI YANG dragon cash coin, seek out a knowledgeable collector or coin dealer and get an in-person appraisal.

Coin: 13515 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Rick Ekstrand, Wed, 09-Jan-2013 18:08:57 GMT
Answered by: Chris, Sat, 04-May-2013 12:11:54 GMT
Reviewed by Chris - Appraisal OK, Sun, 28-Dec-2014 19:20:34 GMT
Requester description: pei yang on top. ten cab (?) on the bottom. Other side is all Asian letters. none
Tags: china chihli province pei yang 5 10 20 cash shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese ten cab asian letters letter leters lettering lettered dragon zhili arsenal tianjin tientsin dragons rose rosette floret flower circle ring flowerettes rosettes rossette roses florets blossom fler fleurs lises leis lisse flur folwers stems trefoils floral lily orchid posy bouquet flowers fllower flour bud lilly fleur bloomed trefoil floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircles encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed

  

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