I've searched CCF and the Web for variety discussion on the 1990 dragon and phoenix, but I can't find any. Yet I believe there are major varieties at the master die level, so at the risk of repeating an existing topic, I'll present what I know of the 1990 D&P varieties. If this story has already being told, please stop me.

On the obverse side of 1990 D&P there are date varieties for silver 10 yuan proof, silver 20 yuan proof, silver 150 yuan proof and gold 200 yuan. By inference, there is likely date varieties for gold 1500 yuan as well but I have no data on it.

I've already talked about the silver 150 yuan proof here:

http://china-mint.info/forum/index.php?topic=1115.msg40737#msg40737 You will see the same "1990" date shifting left or right on the 150 yuan also exists for others.

Disclosure: I do own several 1 oz silver proof and 2oz silver proof. I plan to purchase more in the near future. I have no plan to sell any D&P for next 6 months.

Tonight I like to visit the 1 oz silver proof. Picture 1 is the "left date" and picture 2 is the "right date". The two red arrows are pointed at the same spots on the brick ground for both coins. You can see the number "1990" is shifted to different position against the brick ground. I have to use my coins to illustrate this because NGC photo are too grainy to be useful. However, based on the grainy NGC photos, there should also be a "right high date" where the number 1990 is shifted right and up. Please examine your holding of 1oz D&P and see if you have one that is slightly different than pic 2 where the number "0" is slightly higher.

And once again, if I'm plowing old ground and all these are well known already, please let me know and send me a link.