1926 China government lottery bond

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The Republic of China issued this 5 Dollar Second Nationalist Government Lottery Loan bond in 1926 to raise money to finance improvements in the Port of Whampoa, near Guangzhou (click on photo to enlarge). Rather than pay interest, and to guarantee investment from the natural gambling instincts of the Chinese, the bonds were automatically entered into a monthly lottery that paid prizes from 1,000 to 50,000 Yuan. The reverse was printed in English meaning the issue was also targeted at foreigners as investors.

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