China Empire One Dollar  1911
China Empire One Dollar 1911

The unusual form of the dragon makes this dollar (yuan) coin from the Chinese Empire stand out. It is a valuable coin, if genuine. The trouble is that there are *tons* of counterfeits circulating among coin collectors, and this makes evaluation difficult. The only way to be sure your coin is genuine is to deal with reliable, respected dealers and auction houses.

We have often said that Chinese numismatics (coin collecting) is in its infancy. Major players are entering the market, and this will help stabilize the situation. But for years to come it is likely that pricing will be basically unpredictable.

Here are some typical catalog values for this coin:

worn: $25 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $80
well preserved: $150
fully uncirculated: $1000

To show how unpredictable prices are, consider that an uncirculated specimen sold in 2011 by respected dealer CNG at auction for $26000. That's quite a swing!

There is an excellent page on these coins over at Dragon Dollar (click here).

Coin: 15229 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: syahir, Sun, 18-Aug-2013 11:28:05 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 20-Aug-2013 14:52:20 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Wed, 05-Aug-2015 13:38:36 GMT
Requester description: front inscription: One Dollar. front device: a dragon with cloud-like thing covering some parts of its body. it has 2 chinese characters between its body. back inscription: 4 chinese characters in a circle of beads and 8 chinese characters outside the beads circle. back device: it has 2 flower-like decoration separating the 8 chinese characters outside the circle to be a group of 4 letters.
Tags: china empire one dollar taiwan chine chinese chineese impire ones dollare dolls doller dol dollars inscription monogram dragon cloud parts part body 2 characters character 4 circle beads dot 8 flower group letters script letter monograms initial scripts initals calligraphy caligraphy inscriptions lettering scrip lettered initials dragons logograms logogram circled encircle circlet ring circles loops circal encircled circuit ringed circumscibed incircled circel circumference encircles encircling rings circling loop circular circumscribed beaded period dotted beading point periods dots points bead florets blossom fler fleurs lises petals leis lisse flowerettes flur stems trefoils floral lily petels orchid lis posy bouquet flowers flour orcid bud lilly fleur lei petal bloomed trefoil floret floer stem flowery lilys fluer fleures pedals groups


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