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China (Republic) Memento Dollar (Yuan)  1912
China (Republic) Memento Dollar (Yuan) 1912

China was an Empire before 1912 and became a Republic that year. Afterwards, in 1949, a Communistic government took over. Your coin commemorates the transition from Empire to Republic and there are (at least) two versions of the coin, one minted in 1912 and the other in 1927.

Estimating value of Chinese coins is subject to many current-day factors: (1) new interest shakes up the rare coin market in Chinese coinage as the country enters the world scene as an economic power, (2) incomplete listings in the general coin catalogs, requiring specialized catalogs that are not readily available, and (3) a tremendous Chinese counterfeiting industry that has arisen in the past 10 year.

Beware of counterfeits. There is really only one good way to deal with fakes: deal only with people you trust implicitly. This usually means building long-time relationships with buyers and sellers. There are also professional coin authenticators who will determine real/fake status for a fee.

If your coin is counterfeit it is worth zero. If genuine, the value will depend on a small nuance. Look at the symbols on the side without the portrait. Do you see that one is a five-pointed star and the other is a rosette? The five-pointed star is the valuable one. It was minted in 1912. The rosette was minted in 1927. Here are typical catalog values (be sure to use our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual values):

FIVE POINTED STAR
worn: $50
average circulated: $300
well preserved: $450
fully uncirculated: $900

ROSETTE
worn: $20
average circulated: $25
well preserved: $35
fully uncirculated: $50

Hope you have the good one!

If you have a nice looking example of this coin, seek out a knowledgeable collector or coin dealer for an in-person appraisal.

Coin: 4792 , Genre: The Sinosphere
Requested by: Dawn, Sat, 10-Jul-2010 05:33:53 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-May-2013 12:04:34 GMT
Last review by CoinQuest: Sun, 11-Jan-2015 03:46:48 GMT
Requester description: 1927 FRONT: Inscriptions are chinese symbols in a circle around the edge of coin, interspersed with flowery wreath-like symbols. Device is a man in left profile with no hat. BACK: Inscription reads MEMENTO BIRTH OF REPUBLIC OF CHINA in a circle around the edge of coin. Device is two chinese symbols with flowery wheat wreaths around them.
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