1979 FIRST YEAR COINS


1979 is considered to be China’s first year of modern coinage. Two coin designs were introduced: The 30th Anniversary of the Founding of the PRC and The International Children’s Year. Piedfort (double-thick) versions of the Children’s Year coins were produced and are quite rare and sought-after.

 

30th Anniversary of the Founding of the PRC

Gold, 16.95g, Reverse: National emblem, date below.  Obverse: See below. Edge: Reeded.

International Children’s Year

Gold and Silver. Reverse: National emblem, date below.  Obverse: Children planting a flower. Edge: Reeded.


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.


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