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This article is about the coin of the People's Republic of China. For more Chinese coins denominated at 1 fen, see Chinese 1 fen coin (disambiguation).
Fen
China 1 fen 1964
1964 coin
General information
Country

Flag of the People's Republic of China China

Value

0.01 yuan

Years

19552015

Measurements and composition
Mass

0.67 g

Diameter

18 mm

Thickness

1.35 mm

Composition

aluminum

Appearance
Shape

round

Alignment

medallic

Edge

reeded

Obverse

National Emblem of the People's Republic of China, state title

Reverse

Ears of rice, value, year

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The 1 fen coin is a current circulation piece of the People's Republic of China. It has been distributed in a single type by the People's Bank of China since December 1, 1957, with the most recent issue being released in 2015. The piece was produced in circulation quantities at the Shanghai and Shenyang facilities of the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation from 1955 to 1992, and has been manufactured solely for collectors since 1993.

The 1 fen piece is currently legal tender in its country of origin, carrying a face value equivalent to 0.01 renminbi. It is also used officially in Zimbabwe and unofficially in neighboring Mongolia and North Korea and parts of Hong Kong, Macau, Myanmar and Vietnam. Due to its low purchasing power, however, it is no longer common in circulation.

The coin is composed of an alloy of aluminum and magnesium and measures 0.67 grams in mass, 18 millimeters in diameter, and 1.35 millimeters in thickness. It has medallic alignment and a reeded edge, and like most coins, is round in shape. Both of the piece's rims are raised and undecorated.

An illustration of the National Emblem of the People's Republic of China is displayed in the middle of the coin's obverse. Such a depiction features the Tiananmen and the five five-pointed stars from the Chinese flag inside a circular border consisting of a gear and sheaves of wheat and rice. Printed clockwise along the rim above the emblem is the name of the People's Republic of China in Traditional Chinese characters, "中華人民共和國" (pinyin: Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó).

The coin's face value is written as "壹分" (pinyin: yī fēn), Chinese for "one fen", on a single line in the center of the reverse. The character style of this inscription depends on the manufacturing mint: a "modern" style is used on pieces minted in Shenyang while a more "stylized" character style is utilized on coins struck in Shanghai. Engraved above this text is another representation of the coin's face value, the Western Arabic numeral "1", and surrounding both values is a wreath consisting of tied ears of rice. The appearance of the rice slightly differs between coins struck at Shanghai and Shenyang. The Gregorian date of minting appears below the grain, where it is curved in a counterclockwise direction along the coin's lower rim.

The total mintage of the 1 fen coin is currently unknown. Most of the examples that have been produced are business strikes, although a small number of Brilliant Uncirculated pieces and around 245,485 proofs have also also manufactured. All of the uncirculated and proof coins have been sold in official mint and proof sets by the People's Bank of China.

According to Modern China Coins, a website focusing on modern Chinese coins, 1991-dated trial strikes of the 1 fen piece are also reported to exist.

Mintages
Year Mint Mintage
1955 Shenyang Unknown
1956 Unknown
1957 Unknown
1958 Unknown
1959 Unknown
1961 Unknown
1963 Unknown
1964 Unknown
1971 Unknown
1972 Unknown
1973 Shanghai Unknown
1974 Shenyang Unknown
1975 500,000
1976 Shanghai Unknown
1977 Shenyang Unknown
1978 Unknown
1979 Unknown
1980 Shanghai Unknown
Shenyang Unknown
1981 Unknown
1981 Proof Shanghai 10,000
1982 Unknown
Shenyang Unknown
1982 Proof Shanghai 10,000
1983 2,412,000
1983 Proof 10,000
1984 3,283,000
1984 Proof Shanghai 10,000
Shenyang
1985 Unknown
1985 Proof 4,825
1986 Unknown
1986 Proof 660
1987 Unknown
1991 Unknown
1991 Proof Shanghai 20,000
1992 Shenyang Unknown
1992 Proof Shanghai 20,000
1993 Unknown
1993 Proof 20,000
1994 Unknown
1994 Proof 20,000
1995 Unknown
1995 Proof 20,000
1996 Unknown
1996 Proof 20,000
1997 Unknown
1997 Proof 20,000
1998 Unknown
1998 Proof 20,000
1999 Unknown
1999 Proof 20,000
2000 Unknown
2000 Proof 20,000
2005 Shenyang Unknown
2006 Unknown
2007 Unknown
2008 Unknown
2009 Unknown
2010 Unknown
2011 Unknown
2012 Unknown
2013 Unknown
2014 Unknown
2015 Unknown

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