World of Coins

Modern Asian coins, pseudo coins and trade tokens => China, Taiwan => Topic started by: gpimper on December 27, 2019, 10:47:52 PM

Title: One fen
Post by: gpimper on December 27, 2019, 10:47:52 PM
I believe this is the smallest current Chinese coin in circulation.  It's another from the wife's collection :-)  Zhong hua renmin Gongheguo (forgive me if I messed that up...but I think it is "People's Republic of China"...or so I've been translated to.  One Fen, 1983.  16mm and a tinny .673g.  1/100 Yuan.  Still cool, thought :-) 
Title: Re: One fen
Post by: Pabitra on December 28, 2019, 05:26:23 AM
Does this denomination still circulate?
1, 2 and 5 Fen Aluminium coins of this series were first issued in 1955 but they were never revised whereas 1 Jiao had change of obverse/ design ( 1980, 1999 and recently in 2019) as well change in metal ( Brass 1980, Aluminium 1991, Stainless Steel 2005 and plated steel 2019).
The new series, in 2019 does not mention any denomination in Fen.
Any one who is been to China recently or is aware of situation may throw some light.
Title: Re: One fen
Post by: Figleaf on December 28, 2019, 09:58:11 AM
You got that right, Greg. For copy/paste purposes, the characters are 中華人民共和國. The first two characters mean China. The second pair, rénmín, is (of the) people; they occur also in 人民幣, rénmínbì the people's money which is the official name of the currency. In practice, it is called by its traditional name, - yuan. Even its ISO 4217 code is CNY, clearly referring to yuan.

@Pabitra: I suggest you send a PM with your question to our member Augsburger (;u=1884).

Title: Re: One fen
Post by: gpimper on December 28, 2019, 08:45:46 PM
A one Jiao, 10/100 Yuan, again from the wife's collection.  The front is a Peony blossom (don't ask me :-)  2.3 g and 22.5 mm.  I have it on good authority that these coins are still in circulation.  Basically a Dime ;-)
Title: Re: One fen
Post by: Paris on March 25, 2020, 12:01:55 AM
When I was living in China, 10 years ago, using 1 fen coins was still possible,  but:
1/ you needed to have a number of them you could divide by 5 or even 10, because never a price was finishing by ,01 ,02 ,03 ,04 ,06 ,07 ,08 ,09 ; I am even not sure that ,05 did exist.
2/ all the Chineses would have laugh a lot about you and in front of you.
In normal life, fen are no more used, even if legal; only jiaos. I had dinners for 7 RMB, what a fen would have been?

Typically, like the little brown, green or blue little banknotes trop the 50s, it is the coins you will see offered to religious statues and some more original places, like... the big plates originally used for the dishes together shown in the Shenyang "Forbidden city"!
Title: Re: One fen
Post by: Paris on March 25, 2020, 12:04:00 AM
Please read "from" instead of "trop", I can not edit with my mobile.
Title: Re: One fen
Post by: gpimper on March 25, 2020, 12:41:04 AM
Got you, now problem :-)