Below is a collected list of literature about Chinese coinage. Some of the books
have a short annotation supplied by collectors of Chinese coins or from Numismatic
Links after the annotations refer to authors of these annotations (with price in $US if for sale) or persons who told me about that book.
All references in Chinese Coinage WWW Site pages are listed following the table.
These references are in no particular order. Corrections, additions and annotations would be appreciated.
Colin R.Bruce II, Editor
|Standard Catalog of World Coins, Krause Publications||
31st edition, "2004 SCWC", July 2003
30th edition, "2003 SCWC", June 2002
29th edition, "2002 SCWC", May 2001
28th edition, "2001 SCWC", May 2000
3rd edition, September 2001
2nd edition, September 1998
3rd edition, November 2002
2nd edition, November 1997
2nd edition, January 2000
|2||Wylie A.||Coins of China||Journal of China Branch of Royal Asiatic Society, about 1898|
|3||Le Baron S. de Chaudoir||Recueil de Monnaies de la Chine, Du Japon, de la Coree, d`Annam, et de Java||St.Petersbourg, 1842, in French & Russian|
|4||Fr.Schjoth||The Currency of the Far East||London-Oslo, 1929
|5||J.Neumann||Beschreibung der bekanntesten Kupfermunzen||Leipzig, 1965, (reprint of 1863 edition, Praga), in German|
|6||Chinesische Münzen||Klinkhardt & Biermann, Braunschweig, Western Germany, 1965
von Inrem Ursprung bis 1912, in German
|7||Taisei Hong Kong Mail Bid Sale||Catalogue 1, 04.05.90|
|9||Albert Galloway||Illustrated coin dating guide for the eastern world||Iola, Wisc.: Krause Publications, 1984||GW|
|11||George A. Fisher Jr.||Fisher's Ding||F|
|12||James H. Stewart Lockhart||The Stewart Lockhart Collection of Chinese Copper||L|
|13||Werner Burger||Ch'ing Cash until 1735||Taipai: Mei Ya Publications, 1976||WB|
|14||Jorgensen, Holger||Old Coins of China, a Guide to their Identification||J|
|15||White||A Comprehensive Finding List of Chinese Cash 618AD-1912AD||W|
|16||Robert Tye||Wang Mang||RT|
|18||Coole, Arthur Brandon||Coins in China's history||3rd ed. Mission, Kansas, 1963||AC|
|19||Cresswell, O.D.||Chinese cash||London: Spink, 1970||CR|
|20||Coole, Arthur Brandon||Coins in China's history||3rd ed. Mission, Kansas, 1963||AC|
|21||Mowery, Thomas||One cash coins of China's Manchu Dynasty, 1644-1911||1st ed. St.Paul, 1972||TM|
|22||Stuart, H.N.||Catalogue of the Coins & Amulets of China, Japan, Korea & Annam||Batavia, Java, 1904||ST|
|23||Colin R.Bruce II||Unusual World Coins. A Standard Catalog of World Coins.||Krause Publications, Inc., Iola, Wisconsin, USA. Third edition||BR|
|24||F.Schjoth||Chinese currency (Currency of the Far East). Revised and edited by Virgil Hancock||1965, Krause Publications, Inc., Iola, Wisconsin, USA
|25||Schön, Günter||World Coin Catalogue of twentieth century||1978, Barrie & Jenkins, Communica, England
|26||Kann, E.||Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins (Gold, Silver, Nickel and Aluminium||Hongkong, 1954
|27||Hsu, T.K||Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins||HSU|
|28||Yeoman, R.S.||Catalog of Modern World Coins 1850-1964, May 1984||Y|
|29||Newman, E.F.S.||Ancient Chinese coins||The China Journal of Science & Arts, v. 1, no. 4, July 1923
|30||Petrie, A.E.H.||An illustrated guide to Chinese cash pieces of the Manchu mints, A.D. 1662-1796.||Ottawa: Collectors Research Monograph, 1964.
|31||Ramsden, H.A.||Modern Chinese copper coins.||Numismatist, 1962.
|32||Smith, Bruce W.||Knife and spade coins: the city-state coinage of ancient China||Numismatist, v. 100, no. 11, November 1987
|33||Tracy Woodward, A.M.||The minted ten-cash coins of China.||Rev. ed. Oakland, California: M.R. Fried, 1971 (originally published 1936)
|34||Standard Catalog of World Coins, 17th Century 1601-1700||Krause Publications||KM-XVII|
||A monetary history of China||1965 in Chinese, 1994 translation by Kaplan||PN|
||Chinesische Lochmünzen||1988, in German||HS|
|37||Stephen Tai||A Legendary Currency in Late Ching Dynasty - A Study on Yunnan Pai-Fang-Ding (Saddle Money)||Taiwan, 1997|
|38||Richard Von Glahn
||Fountain of Fortune: Money and Monetary Policy in China,
||Univ of California Pr., 12/1/1996
KM You'll find over 2200 pages jam packed with precise details and current pricing valuations in up to four grades of condition in this internationally acclaimed world coin collector's "bible". Helps you select the best values when buying, selling or trading coins from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and anyplace in between. Contains complete U.S. coins section. Strong on visual identification, this catalog presents over 52,000 illustrations of the world's circulating coinage from 1801 to the earliest releases of 1994. makes identification of diverse world coin issues easy with a variety of helpful user aids such as the popular instant identifier, country index, grading chart and maps.
Standard reference on Chinese Cash. Also includes Annamese, Japanese
and Korean Cash and charms as well. Well illustrated with informative text.
Includes the standard numbering system used by most American collectors of
Chinese cash. If you collect cash, you need have this book. This is a bound
and covered copy not the stapled pages without covers as sold by some
Joel Anderson ($27.50)
GW Clear, easy-to-use conversion information for more than a score of major Eastern systems and eras, including Chinese, Tibetan, Mohammedan, Buddhist, Ethiopian, Jewish and Korean makes this volume a favorite among collectors and scholars alike. Charts and illustrations detailing the systems and variations of more than 70 countries help you identify a coin, convert its date int o Western numerals and translate its Western equivalent.
KM-XVIII Helps you identify coins quickly. This is the most complete book dedicated to the many 18th century coin issues. It includes listings from all countries, and thousands of sharp photos. You'll also have an easier time evaluating your favorites thanks to the current pricing in four grades of condition.
An English translation of Ting Fu-Pao (Ding Fubao) with an up to date price
guide (along with the original 1940's prices) This is the standard reference on Chinese cash used by the
Chinese, translated using the Pinyin transliteration. Includes annotations
and corrections on the original work, numbering system, cross reference table
to Schjoth, Dynasty and reign charts, Wade-Giles and Pinyin conversion tables
and much, much more. Includes many items not in Schjoth. 252 pages, loose
leaf punched for standard 3 ring binder.
Joel Anderson ($30.00)
Lockhart, one of the standard references on Chinese cash, was
originally published in 1915 and has long been out of print. It lists over
2000 Chinese coins (more than Schjoth) from spades to the first coins struck
by the Republic, on 172 plates, plus descriptions and a good introductory
history of Chinese coins. Spiral bound reprint with plastic covers.
Joel Anderson ($29.50)
An impressive work which allows cash coins issued by the first three Chi'ng
emperors to be dated to the exact year of issue (rather than just the reign),
thus opening new areas for collecting interest. Also contains important
information about the manufacturing of cash coins, location of mints, mintage
figures, economic policy, as well as other interesting facts. 126 pages plus
many large pull out charts.
Joel Anderson ($35.00)
This useful 28 page booklet illustrates a representative coin or two from
each reign from about 700BC to 1912AD. Good, inexpensive identification guide.
Joel Anderson ($3.00)
A useful supplement to Schjoth and other catalogs on Chinese Cash. Allows
one to "look up" coins without spending a lot of time paging through the
catalogs. Cross references Schjoth - S, Tsai, Ting Fu Pao - F, Coole - AC, Lockhart - L, Smith etc.
Joel Anderson ($6.00)
An interesting booklet about this famous Chinese Emperor who usurped the
throne in 9AD, reorganized the monetary system and the country (many of
his ideas sound just like modern socialism!) and left the country in an
absolute ruin. The booklet discusses the man, his plan, and his coins.
Joel Anderson ($3.00)
A good book that covers all those strange symbols the Chinese (and others)
stamped on coins. Also includes a chapter on Shroff marks (Indian). Over 200
photos. Includes a discussion of rarity. 54p.
Joel Anderson ($10.00)
Also has a small amount of information on old Annamese, Japanese and
SH Revised and edited publication of S. Values given.
As the first edition of XVII century catalog it have many gaps and weak areas. China is satisfactory, though it is a bit awkward in its arrangement. It does a good job of covering world Gold Coins and Silver Crowns, since Krause Publications has
done books in this area, but it leaves out a lot of the low denomination
silver and copper coins, which are the ones that collectors are most likely
Joel Anderson ($59.50)
2 vols, over 1000 pages and a wealth of detail.
It is a catalogue covering the whole period 300 BC till
1916 and illustrating every coin by rubbing.
You can search articles in periodical publications (11 magazines) by keywords (I suppose 'chin' & 'annam') in excelent database of the Numismatic Indexes Project (NIP) by the Harry W.Bass.