CHINA, CHINESE SOVIET REPUBLIC, 1 cent, no date, copper, 18mm, 1.94g, 1960s restrike, Y506a, XF-AU

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This is the 1960s restrike.

At this point in 2022 there seem to have been two major restrike runs. The first was in the 1960s I think. Die work was crude and variable. The “new” restrikes have much better die work.

The Chinese Soviet Republic was declared in 1931. It was an umbrella framework within which several non-contiguous territories in various parts of China. It was substantially broken up by the Kuomintang armies by 1934. The remnants cooperated with the Kuomintang to fight the Japanese.

The big player in East Asia is China, of course. Then there is Japan and Korea, throw in Mongolia. South of China and east of India, but not including, for the most part, the islands to the east, is what we call Southeast Asia. From Burma to Malaya there have been a series of local kingdoms for about 2000 years. Russia, with its Asian Siberia, doesn’t count. We consider it part of Europe.

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.