The Tiananmen Square massacre in China in 1989 sparked a movement
toward freedom in the Communist country.
A relic of that movement with American ties sold in Spink’s Jan. 14
to 17 auction in New York City.
The counterstamped Yuan Shih-Kai dollar or so-called Fat Man dollar,
issued Year 9 (1920), features an anti-Communist symbol and peripheral
Chinese legend counterstamped on the obverse.
The legend CHINA FREEDOM DOLLAR. SUPPORT THE FEDERATION. SAVE THE
STUDENTS. is counterstamped on the reverse.
After the massacre, the Berkeley Chinese Students & Scholars
Association was formed to assist Chinese exchange students stranded in
the United States, according to the auction house.
“In order to raise funds, a small number of Chinese silver dollars
and foreign crowns current in China in the early 20th century were
countermarked and sold,” Spink said.
The coin was accompanied by the original BCSSA envelope.
Graded Extremely Fine by the auction house (with no specification of
whether that is the underlying coin’s grade or the condition of the
counterstamp), the piece sold for a $1,080, including the 20 percent
For full details of the auction, visit the firm’s website.
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