1980-1986 CHINA COINS
GENERAL USE COINAGE

1-JIAO, 2-JIAO, 5-JIAO, and 1-YUAN


Prior to 1980, China coinage consisted of only the 1-Fen, 2-Fen and 5-Fen denominated coins. 1980 saw the introduction of these four higher-denomination coins.


A few of these coins are extremely rare. For example, the only coins produced in 1986 were made solely for proof sets. There were only 660 proof coins of each denomination made that year. Additionally, the 1985 2-Jiao was only made in proof condition, of which there were only 4,825 made. There were very few 1982 coins produced for general circulation, and uncirculated 1982 coins are rare, even though proofs are available. For these reasons, there are a very limited number of complete sets possible, and building a complete set is a challenge


The copper-zinc composition of the Jiao coins is prone to spotting and unattractive toning if the coins are not taken care of properly. However, the opposite is also true -- well struck coins that have been carefully handled and stored can be incredibly beautiful. Gem coins of any date are exceedingly scarce.


The 2-Jiao coin was discontinued after 1986. The 5-Jiao coin had a design and composition change after 1986 and was then discontinued after the year 2000.  The 1-Jiao and 1-Yuan coins had several design changes and are still minted today.


The coinage below, along with the Fen coins, were the only coins in use during the early stages of modern China’s economic development.  That fact, along with their low mintage and scarcity in higher grades, give these coins great numismatic significant to future generations. Their collection and preservation can be interesting, challenging and rewarding.

 

1-JIAO
1980 - 1986

Copper-Zinc, 20 mm diameter. Obverse: National emblem Reverse: Denomination above wreath, date below. Edge: Reeded.


Very few 1-Jiao Uncirculated coins were made in 1982. In 1986, only proofs were made.
 

2-JIAO
1980 - 1986

Copper-Zinc, 23 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem. Obverse: Denomination above wreath, date below. Edge: Reeded.


Very few 2-Jiao Uncirculated coins were made in 1982. In 1985 and 1986, only proofs were made.
 

5-JIAO
1980 - 1986

Copper-Zinc, 26 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem. Obverse: Denomination above wreath, date below. Edge: Reeded.


Very few 5-Jiao Uncirculated coins were made in 1982. In 1986, only proofs were made.
 

1-YUAN

1980 - 1986

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: Great Wall. Edge: Reeded.


Very few 1-Yuan Uncirculated coins were made in 1982. In 1986, only proofs were made.
 


NOTES:


PURPOSE OF THIS SITE: This site exists to catalog and to provide accurate information and to list buying prices paid for modern coinage of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).


COINS INCLUDED ON THIS SITE: This site does not include all modern Chinese coins. Only those designs and series that are currently in demand are included. Most issues after the year 2000 are not included here because of insufficient collector demand.


MINTAGE: Actual mintage figures, when known, are designated by an “a” after the mintage figure. In cases where the actual figures are not known, the planned mintage figures are given. The Chinese mints did not keep accurate data during the early years, and there are constant debates amongst the numismatic community as to the correct figures. Any mintage figures given are the best available, but no guarantee can be made as to their accuracy.


COIN GRADES: Grades listed above refer to Uncirculated (equivalent to MS-65) and Proof (equivalent to PF-68). For a description of these grades, please refer to one of the two recognized grading and authentication services: Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC).


CATALOG NUMBERS: Any KM numbers listed refer to the standard Krause catalog numbers for World Coins. The Y numbers are those assigned by R.S. Yeoman (Y#) in his Modern World Coins and Current Coins of the World.


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*NOTE: There are two varieties of the 1984 proof 1-Yuan: a large date from the Shanghai mint and a small date from the Shenyang mint. A total of 10,000 coins were minted but the large date appears to be slightly rarer.