Coin and Paper Money Collecting/dr sun yat-sen coin


Hi Dmitry!

I inherited a box of coins and stamps from my grandfather and came across one that I cannot locate a matching picture to online.

It appears to be gold, the front of the coin has his picture, and it reads "1858-1925" beneath it. The flip side reads "The Former Residence of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen" with a picture of the residence. There is Chinese lettering below it - 5 characters reading horizontal.  I see a similar face of him on silver coins online, but not the years "1866-1925" on front.

Wondering if you knew anything about it.  It was located inside a circular plastic coin protector, and pressed in a red velvet bottom of an approx. 2 1/2 inch square box with ornate cloth covering it.

Thanks so much!

Hi Lizzie,
This sounds more like a privately made commemorative medallion rather than a coin. Is it possible for you to attach pictures of it to a follow-up question? Or you can email me pictures of it directly at
Thanks for the question

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Dmitry Livshits


My specialty is world coins from the 18th to 20th centuries, primarily non-US foreign coins and related areas such as errors and exonumia (tokens, medals, etc.). I can answer questions relating to identification, grading, selling, preservation and evaluation of such items. In addition to catalog value, I can give you the practical market value and trends for specific types of coins. I will also take questions regarding counterfeits (both modern and antique) and on how to identify them. I am NOT knowledgeable in paper money/banknotes, ancient or "shipwreck" coins. Thank you.


Collector of world coins since early childhood. Access to a variety of auction records and reference material. You can also find me on Facebook.

A.S. in Psychology (2006), B.A. in Forensic Psychology (2008), M.A. in Forensic Psychology (2011).

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