1994 - 1997

The Unicorn series is one of the more fascinating and challenging for collectors. Designs varied greatly from year to year. Virtually all of the Unicorns are of low mintage. This series contains many very desirable, rare, and under-valued coins.

The Unicorn series was introduced at exactly wrong time. In 1994, the Mint increased its prices on all collector coins which reduced the demand. Mint pricing on these coins proved to be too high for collectors, and actual mintages were far below planned. Good idea for a coin series but bad marketing strategy on the part of the mint.  The series didn’t have a chance of success, despite being extremely beautiful. It had low sales and was discontinued after 1997.

Click here for a list of Unicorn coins for sale


1994 - Eastern and Western Unicorn gold coin 25-Yuan coin

1996 25-Yuan Gold

1996 5-Yuan gold with “P” mint mark (mint mark is at 9 o’clock position)

Uncirculated 5-Yuan Golds came in a sealed 5-pack with certificates.

1996 10Y 1 oz

** Bi-Metal Unicorns contain 1/4 oz gold + 1/8 oz silver.

Of interest to anyone building a type set of Unicorn coins is the following table. The table ranks each of the type coins by scarcity. 

1995 25Y Bi-Metal

1997 5-Yuan 20g silver

** Bi-Metal Unicorns contain 1/4 oz gold + 1/8 oz silver.


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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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