1955 - PRESENT

Aluminum, 24 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem. Obverse: Denomination above wreath, date below. Edge: Reeded. 5-Fen coins were minted from 1955 to 1996 with no design changes.  Proof coins were produced from 1980 to 1986 and from 1991 to 2000. The coins dated 1993 to 2000 were produced only for mint sets and proof sets.

The 5-Fen coin was discontinued after 2000.

Most years, 5-Fen coins were produced either at the Shenyang mint or the Shanghai mint. Some years, they were produced at both mints.  The table below gives the most accurate current information on this, but it is possible that other varieties exist. Information on how to differentiate these two varieties is given here.


* From 1993 to 2000 5-Fen coins were made for mint sets and proof sets only. There were reportedly 20,000 proof sets were made each of those years. The number of mint sets made is not known.


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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