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China Kwangtung (Kwang-Tung, Canton) 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 Cents  1912 to 1924
China Kwangtung (Kwang-Tung, Canton) 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 Cents 1912 to 1924

The Chinese province of Guangdong (also designated Kwangtung, Kwang-Tung, or Canton), in southeastern mainland China, issued several different types of coins. The CoinQuest page for Kwangtung dragon coins appears at this link. This page applies to bronze and silver coins with large denominations 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 cents in Arabic numerals on one side and Chinese characters on the other. There are Kwangtung coins with other themes also, such as flags and busts of leading figures.

Pricing Chinese coins is a difficult task these days for two reasons: (1) they are exploding into numismatic (coin collector) markets and catalogers have a hard time keeping up, and (2) there is a very healthy counterfeiting industry in China which is flooding the market with fakes. If you have a nice-looking coin from Kwangtung, take it for an in-person inspection by a knowledgeable collector or coin dealer. Generally, Chinese coins that are in decent condition are either very valuable or very fake!

Here are some approximate catalog values for these coins. CoinQuest has used both catalog listings and recent selling prices to derive these numbers.

1 CENT (bronze)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $5
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $60

2 CENTS (bronze)
worn: $12 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $50
well preserved: $120
fully uncirculated: $250

5 CENTS (copper-nickel)
worn: $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $20

10 CENTS (silver)
worn: $3 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $15
fully uncirculated: $30

20 CENTS (silver)
worn: $5 US dollar approximate catalog value
average circulated: $12
well preserved: $25
fully uncirculated: $65

Coin: 13578 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Chris H, Wed, 16-Jan-2013 17:27:02 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Wed, 09-Oct-2013 00:34:30 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 03-Jan-2015 17:50:31 GMT
Requester description: Obverse: Four Chinese characters within circle. Four more characters at bottom along rim. More characters along the top, coin too worn to tell how many. Reverse: Large '20' in middle within circle. 'TWENTY CENTS' at bottom. 'KWANG-TUNG PROVINCE' at top. 20 cents
Tags: china kwangtung kwang tung canton 1 2 5 10 20 cents cent shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese peny pennys pennies penny obverse four characters character circle large twenty province anverse logograms circled encircle crrcle cirle circlet ring circles circlr circal citcle encircled ringed circumscibed cirlce circel encircles encircling rings circling cirlces circular cicurling circumscribed larger largish

  

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