1-YUAN COMMEMORTIVES
1980 - PRESENT

Minted from 1980 to present with many designs, almost all of these 1-Yuan denominated coins were released for general circulation. In many instances, collectors coins in proof condition were also issued bearing identical or related designs. Many of these collectors coins are of very low mintage. They are interesting to collectors for their attractive design and exquisite detail.  These coins serve as a chronology of an emerging nation’s respect for the past, awareness of the present, and hopes for the future.


Note: 1980 commemoratives are included on the WINTER OLYMPICS and SUMMER OLYMPICS pages.

 

1984
35th Anniversary of the Peoples Republic

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below.  Obverse: (see photos). Edge: Reeded.

1985
20th Anniversary Tibet Autonomous Region

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

1985
30th Anniversary Xinjiang Autonomous Region

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: Building, date below. Obverse: Woman in Field. Edge: Reeded.

1986
Year of Peace

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: Woman and birds. Edge: Reeded.

1987
40th Anniversary Mongolian Autonomous Region

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: Building, date below. Obverse: Riders, sheep below. Edge: Reeded.

1988
30th Anniversary Kwangsi Autonomous Region

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: Mountains, water, inscription and date. Obverse: Native dancers, denomination at right, two dates upper left.  Edge: Reeded.

1988
30th Anniversary Ningxia Autonomous Region

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: Women with plants, denomination at right, within circle. Obverse: Mosque.  Edge: Reeded.

1988
40th Anniversary People’s Bank

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: Building divides dates.  Edge: Reeded.

ASIAN GAMES

1989 and 1990 - XI Asian Games

1994 - XII Asian Games

Nickel-Clad Steel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: Building, Roman numerals above, inscription and date below. Obverse: Sword dancer or archer, panda emblem, and denomination.  Edge: Reeded.


Coins commemoration the XI Asian Games were minted in 1989 and 1990.  Coins for the XII Asian Games were minted in 1994.

1991
Tree Planting Festival

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Trees, inscription and numbers within circle. Obverse: (see below)  Edge: Reeded.

1991
70th Anniversary Founding of the Party

Nickel-Plated Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: (See below)  Edge: Reeded.

House in Tsun-i (Zunyi), Kweichow Province.

Tiananmen Square.

1991
1st Women’s World Football Cup

Nickel-Plated Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Conjoined soccer balls, artistic woman design on top. Obverse: Goalie or Kicker (see below), date at right.  Edge: Reeded.

1992
10th Anniversary Constitution

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: Constitution, denomination at right, dates and flower below.  Edge: Plain.

1993
100th Birthday of Soong Ching Ling

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Building, date below. Obverse: Bust of Ching-ling, 1892-1981, Half left, revolutionary stateswoman.  Edge: Lettered. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.


Soong Ching Ling was the second wife of Sun Yat-Sen, and was instrumental in the founding of the Chinese Republic.

1993
100th Anniversary Birth of Chairman Mao

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Buildings and Mountains, date below. Obverse: Mao’s head.  Edge: Lettered. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.

1994
International Children’s Year, Project Hope

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: Two Children, denomination lower left.  Edge: Plain.

1996
Zhu De

Nickel-Plated Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Zhu De’s home in Sichuan, date below. Obverse: Marshall Zhu De  Edge: Plain with the word “ZHONGGUO” twice. 


Zhū Dé (1 December 1886 – 6 July 1976) was a military leader and statesman. He is regarded as the founder of the Chinese Red Army (the forerunner of the People’s Liberation Army) and the tactician who engineered the revolution from which emerged the People’s Republic of China.

2004
Deng Xiaoping

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Building, date below. Obverse: Bust of Deng Xiao Ping.  Edge: Copper-nickel have letters ‘RMB’ three times. Proof copper-nickel coins also have the letter ‘J’ three times. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.


Deng Xiaoping,  (22 August 1904 – 19 February 1997). As leader of the Chinese Communist Party, Deng became a reformer who led China towards market economics. While Deng never held office as the Head of State, he nonetheless served as the Paramount Leader of the People’s Republic of China from 1978 to the early 1990s.

NOTE:  Most uncirculated coins have a proof-like (PL) appearance, and should not be mistaken for proof. True proof coins have the letter “J” on the rim.

2005
Chen Yun

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Building, date below. Obverse: Bust of Deng Xiao Ping.  Edge: Lettered. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.


Chen Yun (June 13, 1905 – April 10, 1995) was one of the most influential leaders of the People’s Republic of China and one of the top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party for almost its entire history

NOTE:  Most uncirculated coins have a proof-like (PL) appearance, and should not be mistaken for proof. True proof coins have the letter “J” on the rim.

1995
4th UN Women's Conference in Beijing

Nickel-Plated Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Building inside design, date below. Obverse: Logo  Edge: Plain. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.

1998

Liu Shaoqi


Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter.  Reverse: Liu Shaoqi. Obverse: Building, denomination and date. Edge: Plain. Gold and silver coins have reeded.edges.


Liu Shaoqi (刘少奇)  (24 November 1898 – 12 November 1969) was a Chinese revolutionary, statesman, and theorist. He was Chairman of the People’s Republic of China from 27 April 1959 to 31 October 1968, during which he implemented policies of economic reconstruction in China. He fell out of favor during the Cultural Revolution and disappeared from public life in 1968.

2004

50th anniversary People’s Congress of China

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Buildings and Mountains, date below. Obverse: Mao’s head.  Edge: Lettered. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.

1989
40th Anniversary

Founding of the People’s Republic of China

Copper-Nickel, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: Number ’40’ and birds.  Edge: Reeded.

1998

Zhou Enlai


Nickel-Clad Steel, 25mm.   Subject: 100th Birthday - Zhou Enlai. Reverse: Zhou birth place, date below Obverse: Zhou, bust left.


Zhou En-lai (周恩来) (5 March 1898 – 8 January 1976) was the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, serving from October 1949 until his death in January 1976. Zhou was instrumental in the development of the Chinese Communist economy and restructuring of Chinese society.

1999

50th Anniversary

Founding of the People’s Republic of China

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: Building divides dates.  Edge: Plain. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.

2000 Dunhuang Cave Pagoda

Nickel-Clad Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below. Obverse: Building divides dates.  Edge: Plain.

1995
Victory over Japan

Nickel-Plated Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Soldiers in battle, denomination below. Obverse: Great Wall and mountains.  Edge: Lettered. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.

1995
World Table Tennis Championships

Nickel-Plated Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: Table tennis player, denomination below. Obverse: Logo with stadium below.  Edge: Lettered. Gold and silver coins have reeded edges.

1995
50th Anniversary of the United Nations

Nickel-Plated Steel, 25 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem above wall, denomination below. Obverse: UN Logo and the number 50  Edge: Reeded.

House of Shanghai

Head of Woman

Globe

Seedling

Sword Dancer 1Y 1990

Archer 1Y 1990

Dignitaries

Swans over monument

Dancers

Goalie

Kicker

1982
World Cup Soccer

Brass, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below.  Obverse: Soccer player within ring kicking the ball. Edge: Reeded.

Potala Palace, Lhasa

Woman in field

Woman and doves (1Y)

Horse-mounted riders and sheep

Native dancers

Women with plants

People’s Bank building

100Y Gold

1983-85
Panda

Brass, 30 mm diameter. Reverse: National emblem, date below.  Obverse: Panda within octagon.  Edge: Reeded.

Reverse

10Y Silver (Bust Left)

Pictured above is the 1985 10th Anniversary of the United Nations Woman silver 10Y coin. I include it here as it relates to the 1995 issue above.

1Y copper-nickel

10Y silver proof

Reverse

Reverse

Reverse

100Y Gold

1Y Copper-Nickel

Reverse

1Y Clad-Steel

1Y Clad-Steel

1Y Nickel-Clad Steel

1Y Plated-Steel

1Y Plated-Steel

1985 10Y Silver

1Y Plated-Steel

1Y Plated Steel

1Y Clad Steel

5Y Silver

1994 100Y Gold

Silver 2-player 10Y

1Y Clad-Steel

Proof copper-nickel coin came in a hard plastic display slab or in a soft PVC pouch.


** The mintage figure for the gold 100Y is highly disputed. Some report as low as 1,000 pieces. The proposed mintage was 15,000.

NOTE: Uncirculated coins can have a proof-like (PL) appearance.

NOTE: Uncirculated coins can have a proof-like (PL) appearance.

NOTE: Uncirculated coins can have a proof-like (PL) appearance.

Proof coins came in various types of packaging: a blue or red hard-plastic slab, a paper card, soft PVC pouch, or attached to first day cover envelopes.

Proof 10Y and 1Y sets came in a wooden box, with Certificate of Authenticity.

Proof silver 10Y and 1Y coins came as a set in a wooden box, with Certificate of Authenticity.

Proof silver and gold coins came in a wooden box, with Certificate of Authenticity. Proof 1Y coin came in various type of vinyl presentation wallets containing two coins per wallet.

Proof coin came in a hard plastic display slab.

Proof coin came in a hard plastic display slab.

Proof coins came in a display box.

Proof coins came in a display box.

Proof copper-nickel set came in a display box.


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.


Please email me if you notice any errors or have other information to contribute to this site.



Copyright 2009, 2010, Modern China Coins. All rights reserved.