CHINA TAIWAN 50 yuan 1965 Sun Yat-sen birthday


CHINA, TAIWAN – ROC, 50 yuan, year 54 (1965 AD), silver, 0.4123 ozT, Centennial of Birth of Sun Yat-sen, Y539, Unc

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Sun Yat-sen was a promoter of the Chinese Republic and became it’s first provisional president. He founded the Kuomintang political party.

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.