A pattern coin is a coin that has been created as an example, and is not meant for circulation. Pattern coins have been created in order to see what the finished coin will look like, and also for testing various designs and die cuts in the mint equipment. Thus, by their very nature, pattern coins are extremely rare and sometimes unique.


Pattern collecting is a very specialized niche of numismatics. This niche is in its infancy in China today. There is no book on modern Chinese pattern coinage, so I will do my best to research this subject and to post my findings here.


Above is an example of a 1988 nickel-clad steel pattern coin depicting a dragon on the obverse and Tienanmen Square on the reverse. This design was not used in 1988, but the obverse design was eventually used on the 2000 10Y silver dragon coin (KM#1318) and the 2000 100Y (KM#1326) gold dragon coin. 

NPS = Nickel-plated steel

THIS IS A LIST OF KNOWN PATTERN COINS AND THEIR SALE PRICE. IF YOU HAVE A PATTERN COIN FOR SALE, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR AN OFFER.


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.



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