CHINA MANCHUKUO 5 fen KT-12 (1945 AD)


CHINA, MANCHUKUO, 5 fen, KT-12 (1945 AD), bright red fiber, Y-A13a, F

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KT dates are the era of the Manchu Kingdom of 1934 to 1945. Kang Te means Tranquility and Virtue.

Manchuria was created from parts of northern China conquered by Japan in 1932. They set up a republic, then changed it to a monarchy. No matter, it was a Japanese puppet state. The Soviets occupied it in 1945 and gave it back to China.

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.