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China Taiwan 1, 2, and 5 Chiao  1949 to 1955
China Taiwan 1, 2, and 5 Chiao 1949 to 1955

The Republic of China (Taiwan, Formosa) issued these neat chiao coins with Sun Yat-sen on the front and a map of the nation on the back. They come in various sizes, denominations, and metallic compositions. They are modern coins and do not carry very much value. One issue, the 5 chiao of 1949, is made of silver, and the silver gives it decent value.

BRONZE CHIAO, 19 mm diameter (1949)
circulated: $1 US dollar approximate catalog valule
fully uncirculated: $4

ALUMINUM CHIAO, 17 mm diameter (1955)
circulated: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog valule
fully uncirculated: $1

ALUMINUM 2 CHIAO, 22 mm diameter (1950)
circulated: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog valule
fully uncirculated: $3

SILVER 5 CHIAO, 22 mm diameter (1949) 0.116 troy ounces silver, see below
circulated: BV*
fully uncirculated: BV + $5

BRASS 5 CHIAO, 25 mm diameter (1954) as shown in secondary picture
circulated: less than $1 US dollar approximate catalog value
fully uncirculated: $2

*The BV of the silver coin means 'base value' or 'bullion value.' It is the value of 0.116 troy ounces of silver, which changes every day. Go to a web site such as kitco.com to get the current price, then multiply by 0.116. Today the value of silver is about $18 US dollars per troy ounce, so BV = 0.116 x 18 = $2 US dollars.

Coin: 18664 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: jesse, Sun, 18-Jan-2015 04:33:50 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sun, 18-Jan-2015 18:38:47 GMT
Requester description: ONE SIDE HAS A HEAD WITH SOME ORIENTAL WRITING AND WHAT APPEARS TO BE SORT OF LIKE A THREADED BORDER. DOUBLE ROW OF LITTLE DOTTED LINES. THE OTHER SIDE HAS WHAT LOOKS LIKE THE OUTLINE OF A COUNTRY IN THE OCEAN WITH 3 ORIENTAL SYMBOLS IN THEMIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY. THEN IT HAS TWO OTHER SYMBOLS, ONEON EACH SIDE, ALSO APPEAR TO BE ORIENTAL WRITING.
Tags: china taiwan 1 2 5 chiao shinese chin chine chian chinese chineese one head oriental asian sort border double row lines line ocean 3 symbols symbol two ones sorts boarder moulding bordering bordered doubled doubble twoheaded doubles syombol symbles symbal simbol symbels symobols simble map

Comments

What is unusual about this coin is that it shows the island of Taiwan, then considered a province of 'Republic of China', but actually the only province controlled by Chiang Kai-shek after 1949. I believe it is the only coin to show the island of Taiwan -- soon after the government did not want to admit that was the limits of its control. In fact, it was illegal to label export products 'Taiwan' rather than 'ROC', probably until the 1970s. - Linda Gail Arrigo
Thanks, Linda. Interesting info. - CoinQuest (Paul)

  

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