This is something I have been trying to design my site for a long time. Perhaps a decade and I still can't find something I'm happy with. Hence I'm throwing it out here for some inspiration. As you might have seen from the few Chinese coin posting, Chinese numismatic history is incredibly complex and I cannot see anything straight forward. Initially I thought of presenting this by various provinces. Qing dynasty coins were initially cast coins but with Western technology, coins started to evolve as struck coins which looked similar to the old cast coins. Of course not all provinces started at the same time as its often the Eastern part of the country that had better access due to the coast. This soon exploded and various provinces tried to follow a standard for striking similar coins. This fell apart as not all provinces shared similar wealth and some were resource poor. Some did not issue silver coins and if they did, they were officially underweight despite being illegal. Because of the corrupted nature at that era, circulating coins were melted down and coins were struck in bronze. By the early Republican era, warlords at Western China started to do the same except as they did not have minting technology. This was done to raise revenue for their military expenses. By then China started to be invaded by the Japanese. Certain provinces at the Eastern end were cut apart, renamed etc and puppet coins were issued. At the Western end, you have the Red Army going around a few provinces fleeing the Republican army and issue some of their propaganda coins. To counter this, the Republican tried to issue a standard coinage for the country in 1936. Now here's the challenge - to illustrate this alphabetically by provinces is perhaps the easiest but it does not really reflect the historical aspect. To factor in history and add geography would make more sense but would make this incredibly difficult. It's just about 60 years of history but it just seems a lot longer. Ideas?