Proof sets were issued from 1981 to 1986, and then again from 1991 to 2000. Proof sets were produced only at the Shanghai mint in 1981, 1982, and 1983.

Proof sets were produced at both the Shanghai and the Shenyang mints in 1984. The two sets are slightly different in packaging and there are some differences in the coins. For example, the Shenyang 1-Yuan coin is a “large date” type and the Shanghai 1-Yuan coin is a “small date” type. Also, the Fen coins from the Shanghai and Shenyang mints differ slightly. (see article on “Fen Varieties”)

Proof sets in 1985 and 1986 were produced only at the Shenyang mint. The 1986 set is rare, with only 660 issued.

There were no proof or mint sets issued after 2000.

The only actual mintage figures for proof sets is for the years 1985 and 1986. Except for these two years, all the figures below are for planned mintage. Presumably, the actual mintage was less than that planned.

Various packagings were used and some representative examples can be seen from these photos and the photos at the bottom of this page.

1981 Proof Set Box



This mint set contains the three coins minted in 1979: 1-Fen, 2-Fen, and 5-Fen, plus a special medallion. The 1979 5-Fen coin is only available from these mint sets, and is the primary reason for this set’s value. The sets were housed in a blue vinyl-plastic wallet with Certificate of Authenticity and coin details. These are currently selling for around $100 per set. Mintage was 10,000 sets.

1980 and 1981 MINT SETS

1980 Chinese mint set was issued in a blue or black vinyl wallet. The 1981 mint set was issued in a similarly designed red vinyl wallet.

1991 and 1992 MINT SETS

1991 and 1992 Mint Sets were packaged in hard plastic cases. Colors may vary.

1993 to 1996 MINT SETS

1993 to 1996 Mint Sets were packaged in hard plastic cases and a black box.

1997 to 2000 MINT SETS

1997 to 2000 Mint Sets were packaged in hard plastic cases and a blue and grey box.

1983 Proof Set outer design

1984 Proof Set wrapper

1991 and 1992 proof sets came in foldable plastic display holders

1991 and 1992 boxes. Proof and Mint sets came in the same style boxes, the only difference being the marking of “Proof Set” on the proof boxes.

1983 Proof Set opens like a book to reveal the coins. The 1983 proof set also came in a white vinyl wallet (no photo available) which is a bit scarcer and commands a slightly higher price, but has exactly the same coins.

1984 Proof Set is in a hard plastic holder. Proof sets from Shenyang are recognizable by the distinctive yellow label, which is not present on Shanghai-made sets.


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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