This Hong Kong Dragon Coin, dated 1867, immerses us in the history of Hong Kong and its complex relationship with both China and the West. On the front side, we find a Chinese Dragon in a garter. But the stack side is no less interesting: in the center, we find the crowned Great Britain Royal Arms, surrounded by the French proverb "Honi soit qui mal y pense" (May he be shamed who thinks badly of it), which is the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter. On the circumference are the inscriptions that define this coin: "ONE TAEL SHANGHAI - HONG KONG - 1867".
At that time indeed, the recently opened Hong Kong Mint was oversized for the needs of the city. It was therefore proposed to strike Chinese coins and offer them to the Central Government in Beijing, with the aim of making the investment profitable and doing business with China. After all, at that time there were no modern facilities in China in terms of a mint. That is why the Hong Kong mint was used to strike coins to Shanghai standards. Unfortunately, the Chinese authorities decided to reject the proposal and that is why there are so few coins like this one in circulation today.
- Highly detailed
- Carefully crafted artwork
- Material: Alloy with Silver plated finish
- Diameter: 88 mm (3.46 in)
- Width: 3 mm (0.12 in)
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