CHINA TAIWAN 2000 yuan 1976 AD Chiang Kai-shek birthday


CHINA, TAIWAN – ROC, 2000 yuan, year 65 (1976 AD), Obverse: bust facing, Reverse: map of China, Edge: reeded, silver, 32.5mm, 17.4g, 80th birthday Chiang Kai-shek, B-XM625, in a capsule. There is some glue residue on the capsule (reverse) the coin is nice Unc

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When the Communists won the Chinese civil War in 1949 a large part of the Kuomintang military decamped to Taiwan and took it over. It was run as a military dictatorship for some decades then a period of civic action led to the establishment of an electoral democratic capitalist government.

Taiwan has a centuries old tradition of harboring dissidents and lost causes. In the 17th century various anti-Qing elements held Taiwan for brief periods. The central government whatever it was eventually got the island back.

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.