China Imperial Coinage (14)- A Pair of (Another) 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 one of the many Imperial Provincial Coinage struck in the now defunct Manchurian Provinces Mint. 

Quick Overview:

Country: China
Date: 1910 (Undated)
Dynasty: Qing 
Region/Province: Manchurian Provinces
Composition: Silver
Catalog: Krause: Y213 (left) and Y213.1 (right)


*I believe that the silver 20 cents coins struck in the Hsuan Tung (Puyi) Era of the Manchurian Provinces have the MOST VARIETIES among all the Chinese silver coinage. In brief terms, there are different dragon types, legends, centers, and mint errors. I will discuss that in further detail in the "Remarks" Section*

*I will also be posting the other varieties of the Manchurian Provinces 20 cents from the Hsuan Tung era, in my upcoming posts!*


This is one of the 4 known varieties of the Manchurian Provinces coins that deals with the center only. That is, what kind of figure is in the center of the obverse. 

The four known "center" varieties are...

1) Blank Center
2) Manchurian Script Center -This Coin
3) Blossom Center
*4*) Blossom Center with a DOT

*Scarcest of all*

This particular coin is variety #2. This variety is not as scarce as the flower with dot variety that I analyzed. (

This particular pair of coins look virtually identical. Both feature a different type of the Manchurian dragon. It is not a deer horned dragon that is typically found on the "blossom center" variety. Nor does it feature the hairy horned dragon found on some of the coins that have an error in the legend. 

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

Varieties comparison:

Spot the difference? Hint- it is on the obverse!

Answer: The left coin, Y213, has a star and two dots on both sides, whereas the right coin, Y213.1, only has a star. 

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: VF

All the varieties from the Hsuan Tung era:

Courtesy of Lin Gwo Ming and Ma Tak Wo's "Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Gold and Silver Coins (Ching and Republican Issues)"

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.