There are many different types and styles of Chinese coins. Typically, the older the coin, the more rare it will be, because China has such an ancient and rich history. Coins are identified first by which dynasty they were made in. The Xia dynasty is the oldest, roughly 2000 years BC. More modern dynasties are the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing, ranging from 1115-1911. Modern coins are considered to be The Republic of China 1911-today.