China Imperial Coinage (8) - 1908 Manchurian Provinces 20 Cents 東三省造 / 庫平一銭四分釐

These series of post will primarily focus on the smaller sized (5,10,20,50 cents) coins of Imperial Qing China.

Today's post is about a scarcer Imperial Provincial Coinage struck in the now defunct Manchurian Provinces Mint. 

Quick Overview:

Country: China
Date: 1908 (Undated), 33rd Year of Reign of the Emperor Guang Xu
Dynasty: Qing 
Region/Province: Manchurian Provinces
Composition: Silver
Catalog: Krause: Y201a.2
                L&M: 491

*The Manchurian Provinces coin struck during the Guang Xu reign are scarcer than their later Hsuan Tung counterparts. There are 3 known varieties of this 33rd Year of Kuang Hsu 20 cents. The rarest of them all is the 1907 one with two dots on the side of the dragon. The other two were released in 1908, and feature flowers/rosettes. Type 1 has a single rosette on each side, whereas the other one has multiple on each side.*


There are rosettes dotting the sides on both sides. A nicely stuck coin with remaining luster and great details on the dragon. Dragon is different that that of later issue. 

The denomination is 20 cents, bearing the Chinese measurement of 1 Mace and 4.4 Candareens. 


Obverse:  東三省造          宣統元寶      庫平一銭四分四釐
Reverse: Manchurian Provinces      1 Mace and 4.4 Candareens
Condition: AU+

Mint Information:

The Manchurian Provinces mint began minting coins during the last year of reign of the Guang Hsu emperor, bearing the legend, "33rd Year of Kuang Hsu". The mint began striking numerous varities of the silver 20 cent coin during the reign of the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Hsuan Tung, commonly known as Puyi. He is the emperor that is depicted in the 1987 biopic, "The Last Emperor".

Anyways, the Manchurian Provinces mint was a successor to the regional mints of Fengtien and Jillin. These two mints ended production by the end of the Guang Xu emperor.

The Manchurian Provinces mint is known for its numerous silver coinage during the Hsuan Tung Years. More specifically, the numerous 20 cent pieces. I will have a series of posts regarding the different varieties of the 20 cents.

Moreover, there was a copper coin struck during the mid Republican years, but that will be reserved for later discussion.

As a side note, the "Manchurian Provinces" do not exist today, instead now consist of the 3 provinces in the Northeastern region. They are Jillin, Heilongjiang, and Liaoning. They are close to Russian and North Korea.