Cloth banknote for 3 strings of cash

From China, AD 1933

Cloth note issued in the revolutionary base areas of Communist China

This note shows the hammer and sickle, symbolic of communism, joined by the star of China. At the top of the note, reading from right to left, is the call 'Workers of the world unite!'.

The communist revolution in China started in the 1920s. Mao Zedong (1893-1976) realized the revolutionary potential of the rural Chinese people, and recruited them to the communist Red Army, promising fairer distribution of land. The revolution destroyed the land-owning landlord gentry class and reshaped the face of rural of China. In the early 1930s the Communists established revolutionary base areas, known as 'Soviets'. Many of the Soviets issued coins and paper money.

This cloth note was issued by the Workers and Farmers Bank of the Sichuan-Shaanxi Provincial Soviet Government. This Soviet (on the borders of Sichuan and Shaanxi provinces) was founded in 1933. It issued a wide range of notes and copper and silver coins between 1933 and 1935, which became very popular. This note was issued in 1933, a year before the Chinese government launched its 'extermination campaign' against the Communists, forcing them to abandon the Soviets and set out on the Long March.

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Cloth banknote for 3 strings of cash


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Height: 155.000 mm
Width: 90.000 mm

Museum number

CM 1996-2-17-2475



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