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China Collection of 60 different ration coupons (20th century)

Item Code: CN-RC60

Obverse: Various scenes, industries, occupations and activities; Reverse: terms of use and instructions.
 

 
 

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Dimensions: Small, vary (all coupons easily fit into a 108 x 63 mm envelope)
 

Collection (above) of 60 picturesque all different food ration money, rice or grain coupons (20th century - 1970s
through 1990s). Scenic, agricultural, industrial, educational, cultural, historical, military and other scenes on 55 coupons
and the other five coupons are without illustrations. Some coupons are watermarked. Some coupons may have some ink
or oil spots, stains or smears. UNC (some XF-to-UNC).

Depicted are some of the 60 rice or grain ration money coupons included in the set.

These food ration money coupons (rice coupons; grain coupons) allow the bearer to buy a certain amount/weight
of rationed foodstuffs. Rationed foodstuffs included rice, flour and cooking oils. These coupons are called LIANGPIAO
(grain and commodity ration coupons).

The average ration was 15 kilograms for a man and 13 kilograms for a woman each month, though it varied somewhat
with age, profession and location. Meat was much scarcer and it was rationed at Ban Jin (0.25 kilogram or about half
pound) per person per month.

These coupons were given per person, no matter how poor or rich that person was, therefore these food ration coupons
(also known as: rice coupons) are much scarcer than Chinese Yuan banknotes.

The "Rice Coupon" set contains ration coupons from and issued by the following provinces, cities and localities:

Anyang prefecture (Henan province)
Bayanzhuoer (Inner Mongolia)
Benxi (a city in Liao Ning province)
Chengdu (the capital of Sichuan province)
Hebi (a city in Henan province)
Heilongjiang province
Hejia (a small county in Henan province)
Henan province
Jiamushi (a city in Inner Mongolia)
Jilin province
Jingzhou (a city in Liaoning province)
Liaoning province
NingXia province
Qinghai (Tsinghai) province
Shanxi province
Sinkiang (Xinjiang) Autonomous region (also bearing Arabic script)
Wuhan (the capital of Hebei province)
Xiangfan (a city in Hebei province)
Xining (the capital of Qinghai province)
XinXiang (a city in Henan province)
Yangzhou (a famous city in Jiangsu province)

 
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