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Kwangtung “Reversed Pattern” 20 Cent Pieces

Kwangtung “Reversed Pattern” 20 Cent Pieces

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction is just two weeks away! For our preview this week we offer two for one — two separate lots that represent two stages in the development of a highly collectible series of Chinese Provincial coinage. Authorization to establish the Kwangtung mint was granted in 1887, implemented by Viceroy Chang Chi-Tung. 
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Rare 5-ounce Gold God of Literature and Wealth, Bi Gan and the Five Routes Gods Commemorative Medal

Rare 5-ounce Gold God of Literature and Wealth, Bi Gan and the Five Routes Gods Commemorative Medal

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week I have the pleasure of presenting lot 32483 of the inaugural Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Macau auction, a modern Chinese rarity, one of only 300 pieces struck in the 5-ounce size in honor of Bi Gan, the Chinese god of Literature and Wealth. This piece is graded Proof-69 Ultra Cameo by NGC and is among the finest graded for the type. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Exceptional Quality Kweichow Auto Dollar

Exceptional Quality Kweichow Auto Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio has another exceptional coin to share from our upcoming December Macau Showcase Auction. The auction catalog can be found online here. Offered as lot 32263 is an outstanding Kweichow Province “Auto Dollar” with an interesting story. During the tumultuous Warlords Era of China a group of generals and other military leaders ruled factions of militias. One such individual was Zhou Xicheng, who ruled Kweichow (Guizhou) Province from 1927 to 1929. 
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Tuan Chi Jui “Peaceful Unification” Dollar in Gold

Tuan Chi Jui “Peaceful Unification” Dollar in Gold

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio December Macau Showcase Auction is just over a month away and the catalog is now available online and can be viewed here. We have a lineup of impressive coins for our auction coinciding with this inaugural Macau Showcase Coin Show. One highlight is a Tuan Chi Jui “Peaceful Unification” Dollar in gold, a classic rarity found in our auction as lot 32143

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Very Rare 1995 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn

Very Rare 1995 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week we again focus on a very rare modern Chinese gold commemorative issue, a 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn from 1995 that we are offering in our December Macau Showcase Auction. This coin boasts a low serial number (003 of 099) and a high grade (Proof-69 Deep Cameo, certified by PCGS). Its size (5 ounces of gold) is quite impressive. This piece is tied with fewer than a dozen at this grade for finest known honors. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Pergamon Tetradrachm & Internet Only Session

Pergamon Tetradrachm & Internet Only Session

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Though our Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio live world coin sessions of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo have ended, there is still time to enter bids for our Internet sessions of ancient coins, world coins and paper money. Be sure to visit this page to see the current offerings. The Internet session ends promptly Tuesday, November 4th at 3PM PT. Our highlight for today is an ancient coin from the region of Mysia, and the prosperous ancient city of Pergamon.
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Rare Mexican 1733 Coins With the MX Mintmark Are an Important One-year Variety

Rare Mexican 1733 Coins With the MX Mintmark Are an Important One-year Variety

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week, we feature two important coins from The David Gray Collection, silver coins from the Mexico City mint featuring the MX rather than Mo mintmark. This mintmark was only used on the milled silver coins of 1733, and The David Gray Collection features a 4 Reales (lot 459), and a very rare overdate 8 Reales (lot 481). Both of these important coins are needed for a full date and mintmark set of Mexican coins. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Extremely Rare “Chi Hai” 1899 Kiangnan 50 Cents

Extremely Rare “Chi Hai” 1899 Kiangnan 50 Cents

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is thrilled to preview an extreme rarity to be offered in our inaugural December 2014 Macau Showcase Auction. Described by the great Eduard Kann as “the scarcest of all Kiangnan coins and a rarity amongst all Chinese coins,” this 1899 50 Cents is most definitely a blockbuster. It was produced by the Nanking mint for Kiangnan Province (Kiangnan meaning “South of the River” with the river referenced being the Yangtze). 

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