Item RNT-ob-0106 - Nationalist China Coin Set

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Nationalist China Coin Set

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  • 1966 (Creation)

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  • 2 coins : silver ; 0.2 x 3.2 x 3.2 cm
  • 1 coin case : plastic ; 8.5 x 8 x 12 cm

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There is no documentation on how Robert Thompson aquired these coins, but were likely gifted to Thompson by Chiang Ching-Kuo while he was in China.

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Object is two silver coins. On one side is the side profile of Minister Chiang Ching-Kuo, with chinese text surrounding it, which reads when roughly translated "President Chiang 80th birthday, Octobert 31st, 55th year of the Republic of China. The opposing side features two crains standing in a field of flowers, framed by a decorative border. Chinese characters on the bottom read when roughly translated "2000 yuan." The coins are kept in a red coin case. The outer shell is made from plastic with a gold Chinese character on the front, the inside edges lined with gold. The inside is red as well, the upper portion cushioned with satin, and the lower portion with a velvet inset with two circular holding spaces for the coins. A metal plate below the coins reads "With Compliments of Minister Chiang Ching-Kuo Republic of China." A note is enclosed, which reads "Nationalist China, new type 2000 yuan dated 1966. This is a companion piece to the 1 yuan announced earlier and both minted at the Taipei Mint. Both were released on October 31, 1966 to commemorate the 80th birthday of president Chiang Kai-shek and the 55th year of the Republic of China. Presented on the obverse is a bust of Chiang facing left, with a legend below in Chinese characters which translates to: President Chiang 80th birthday, October 31st, 55th year of the Republic of China. The reverse (c)arries a depiction of two cranes in a field of flowers and frames by a decorative border with Chinese characters below indicating the value. The 1 yuan is of nickel-silver. Chiang formed the National China government on the island of Formosa in 1949 after he and his followers were driven from the mainland.

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Robert N. Thompson


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Preferred citation Trinity Western University Archives and Special Collections, Robert N. Thompson fonds, Objects and Artifacts Related to Robert N. Thompson sous-fond, RNT-ob-0106.

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April, 2023, FN

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  • Box: B 47 S 03 Box 05