China Imperial Coinage- 1902 (壬寅年) Silver 20 Cents from Kiangnan Province - 江南省造 光緒元寶

    Today's post is about silver 20 cents from Kiangnan Province, a prolific minting province with a considerable series of dragon coins. 

    • We will be discuss my coin's characteristics. 
    • We will decode the sexagenary dating system and how to date Chinese coins from this era. 
    • We will discuss the variety differences from this year. More specifically, the "HAH" and NO "HAH" varieties. 
    • Further 20 cents from the series from the Guang Hsu (1875-1908) era. 
    • Differentiating between my Old Kiangnan and New Kiangnan pieces. 




    (The Sexagenary Year)


    General Overview:

    Catalog and Basic Information
    Date: 1902 (undated w/ Sexagenary Year)
    Dynasty: Qing 

    Province + Mint: Kiangnan
    Emperor/Ruler: Emperor Guang Xu (1875-1908)
    Denomination: 20 Cents (1 Mace and 4.4 Candareens)
    Catalog: Krause Y# 143a.8
    Composition: Silver (.1397 oz)
    Weight: 5.3g
    Size: ---
    Mintage:  15,574,000

    My Coin Remarks:

    In terms of the rarity and scarcity of my coin, we must consider the overall rarity of coins from Kiangnan Province and compare it with other provinces. Relatively, 20 cent pieces struck from Kiangnan are more scarce and possess a higher catalog and market value compared to their Kwangtung and Hupeh counterparts. With my readings of catalogs, I would say the Kiangnan series are on par to the scarcity of the Manchurian (Hsuan Tung only) and Fukien Provinces. 

    My coin shown is circulated though it retains luster, which is a good sign. On the obverse, we are able to see the details of all the Chinese characters and legends, which denote the province and emperor, Guang Xu, along with the denomination, given as a weight of 1 Mace and 4.4 Candareens. Furthermore, the focal point which is the Manchurian scripts in the center, are evident and not smudged from wear. 

    On the reverse, the focal point of the five-clawed Imperial dragon must be considered. Here, we are able to see the body details such as the sharp claws, face with eyes, and hairy spines. However, there is some wear on the main focal point/area, which are the scales. In this coin, the circulation wear has worn off some of the scales on the center of area of the coin. Yet, the overall shape of the dragon is fully visible and strongly struck. Majority of the scales are present. Finally, the English legends bearing a translation of the Chinese on the obverse are nicely struck and not worn from wear. 

    On both sides, there are some wear on the rims and the denticles, which have become soft and mushy... they are not sharp and visible. 

    With these comments in mind, I would grade this coin a XF with luster. 

    Series Overview (Guang Xu Era - 1875-1908):

    DATE (Sexagenary and Gregorian)
    1898 /戊戌
    OLD “Wide Faced” Dragon
    Ornamental (SCARCE) vs Standard Edge
    1899 /己巳
    OLD “Wide Faced” Dragon
    1900 / 庚子
    NEW “Narrow Faced” Dragon
    1901 /辛丑
    NEW “Narrow Faced” Dragon
    HAH and NO HAH
    1902 /壬寅
    NEW “Narrow Faced” Dragon
    HAH and NO HAH
    1903 / 癸卯
    NEW “Narrow Faced” Dragon
    HAH with Rosette *
    HAH with No Rosette
    1904 / 甲申
    NEW “Narrow Faced” Dragon
    HAH only.
    1905 /乙巳
    NEW “Narrow Faced” Dragon
    SY and NO SY

    Mint Varieties - Old vs New Kiangnan Dragons:


    Note the wide faced and uncrocodillian grin present. Looks pretty adorable in my honest opinion!
    This coin pictured is a 20 cent piece struck in 1899 from Kiangnan Province. Please refer to my old post below for more information.
    Note the "scarier" and crocodillian grin of this dragon. A bit fierce and scary in my opinion!

    The Sexagenary Dating System (a conversion):

    Additional Information:

    My other Kiangnan:
    General Website Search for Chinese Coins (blog label- "china"):