China 1914 Fat Man Dollar



Year: 1914

Country: China

Denomination: $1 (Yuan)

Weight: 26.4 g

Certification: NGC MS 62

KM Y329

Comments: Obverse features Yuan Shih-kai.  Sometimes referred to as the fat man dollar.  Really like the smooth surfaces on this coin.

6 comments:

geminisoup@yahoo.com said...

Great coin! Here is what I know about it...

YUAN SHIKAI AND THE HONG XIAN ERA

After Yuan Shikai had obtained complete control, new regulations were promulgated under which 280 million older silver coins were recalled and a new series issued bearing the portrait of Yuan Shikai himself. The dollar, known colloquially as the "Fatman Dollar", became the most widely circulated coin in China. Each bears the date reckoned from 1911 as the start of the Republic. The dies were prepared at the Tianjin General Mint and distributed to the provinces. As these dies became worn they were re-engraved, leading to many small local variations of design. It is said that over 300 million of these coins were issued. These coins survived his death in 1916 and were still being minted until 1922 or maybe later. The same design was used on an initial issue, all dated year 3 (1914) of half-dollars, 20 cents and 10 cents coins (the denomination marked in Chinese characters as 2,5 or 10 such coins to dollar). The portrait of Yuan Shikai appeared after his death on gold coins weighing circa 15.4 gm valued at 20 dollars and those of circa 7.7 gm valued at 10 dollars, dated year 8 (1919).

Source:
http://www.kenelks.co.uk/chinese/chineserepublic.htm

Thanks for the blog!

ripley said...

Yeah I like the 1914 General Kai. I have one thats not counterfeit. Which is quite a feat nowadays.

Pietro Augusto said...

I've a coin like yours in all its parts. I really thank you because it's years that I'm looking for informations about it. I'm Italian.

Pietro Augusto said...

I've a coin like yours in all its parts. Thank you for the blog, it's years that I'm looking for informations about it. I'm Italien. I really don't want to sell my collections-coins but, does it have a value?
Goodbye

Julian Lipscomb said...

Hey were would I buy a fat man dollar that's not counterfeit

http://worldcrowns.blogspot.com/ said...

I picked mine up from Northeast Numismatics. They have a fat man dollar currently for sale for over $1500. Luckily I picked mine up before prices for Chinese coins shot through the roof. Your best bet is Ebay. Just make sure you get a coin certified by NGC or PCGS. These are highly counterfeited coins so buying raw is pretty risky.