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Bank of Communications Note from 1935
« on: January 16, 2021, 05:15:52 AM »
This arrived in the post this morning. It’s a 5 Yuan note from 1935 (P.154a) issued by the Bank of Communications which was a bank which at that time came under the Nationalist Republic of China during the period just before Japan invaded and formally started the second Sino-Japanese War, but at a time when China was already under a lot of pressure from both its internal politics with revolutionaries from both the Nationalist and Communist wings vying for power, and from external powers such as foreign business ownership and governments such as Japan who already had a huge military presence and influence in Manchuria.

The Bank of Communications was originally set up to help take back the Beijing-Hankou Railway from its Belgian owners and provided a large part of the financing to do that.

 I have a few notes from this bank and they are all beautiful with excellent examples of engraving, and often featuring modes of transport like railways, like this one which features Chinese Junks.