CHINA 20 cash no date (circa 1917 AD) Wuchang mint


CHINA, EMPIRE, 20 cash, no date (circa 1917 AD), Wuchang mint, Obverse: nothing in center,Reverse: dragon, HU POO 20 CASH, copper, Y5, XF

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The Chinese government started buying Western coin presses toward the end of the 19th century. The bureaucracy was a hybrid of decentralized and centralized systems. Local mints had some autonomy, which they expressed in their coinage designs.

By “Modern World Coins” we mean here, generally, the round, flat, shiny metal objects that people have used for money and still do. “Modern,” though, varies by location. There was some other way they were doing their economies, and then they switched over to “modern coins,” then they went toward paper money, now we’re all going toward digital, a future in which kids look at a coin and say “What’s that?” We’ll say: “We used to use those to buy things.” Kids will ask “How?” The main catalog reference is the Standard Catalog of World Coins, to which the KM numbers refer.