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Year 3 (1914) Yuan Shih-kai Fifty Cents to be featured as lot 54038 in Session E (Internet Only Session) of our August Hong Kong Auction

Year 3 (1914) Yuan Shih-kai Fifty Cents to be featured as lot 54038 in Session E (Internet Only Session) of our August Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Though the live sessions of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio 2015 August Hong Kong Auction have closed there are still many opportunities to be found in the Internet Only Session. Chinese Empire, Republic, Provincial and modern as well as other coins and medals from around East Asia and her sphere of influence can all be found in the Internet Session E, starting Monday August 31 at 8:30 PM PT. 
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Highly Attractive 1911 50 Cent Pattern in Silver to be featured as lot 52033 in Session C of our August Hong Kong Auction

Highly Attractive 1911 50 Cent Pattern in Silver to be featured as lot 52033 in Session C of our August Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s highlight coin for our upcoming August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is an absolutely stunning pattern Half Dollar from the final months of the Imperial Chinese Government. The Central Mint in Tientsin – operated by the Board of Revenue in Peking – minted a multitude of coinage types in the later portion of the Empire, in an attempt to unify the currency system of China. Unfortunately, China’s administrative disorganization (as well as a lack of sufficient funds) inhibited the reforms from gaining traction.
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Extremely Rare Kwan Ping 1 Mace Pattern to be featured as lot 52002 in Session C of our August Hong Kong Auction

Extremely Rare Kwan Ping 1 Mace Pattern to be featured as lot 52002 in Session C of our August Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction boasts a number of exciting and scarce numismatic treasures. Today we feature a Kwan Ping Trade Coinage series pattern that has attracted considerable interest among Asian numismatic specialists due to its rarity. Patterns for this series were produced based on the Maritime Customs scale in the denominations of 1 Tael, 5 Mace, 2 Mace, 1 Mace and 5 Candareens. This rare and interesting series has long been the topic of speculation by numismatic authors in regard to the mint responsible for its manufacture and intended purpose (see Kann Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins pg. 324/5). 
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An Impressive Collection of Islamic Kingdoms Gold Coinage can be found in Session D (Internet-Only Session) in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries 2015 Chicago ANA as lots 33369 to 33452

An Impressive Collection of Islamic Kingdoms Gold Coinage can be found in Session D (Internet-Only Session) in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries 2015 Chicago ANA as lots 33369 to 33452

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Though the live sessions of the Stack’s Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA Auction close on Friday are still many numismatic opportunities to be found in the Internet-Only Session. Ancient coins, world coins and medals can all be found in the Internet Session D, starting Monday August 17th at 10:00 AM PT. A plethora of hidden treasures can be found here, such as a remarkable collection of Islamic Kingdoms gold coinage.

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Choice and Highly Desirable French Cochin China Piastre Essai to be featured as lot 51045 in Session B of our August Hong Kong Auction

Choice and Highly Desirable French Cochin China Piastre Essai to be featured as lot 51045 in Session B of our August Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today’s auction preview for the upcoming Stack’s Bowers August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a not often seen and highly desirable coin from the Southern region of Vietnam around the Mekong Delta. French Cochin China was a major French colonial holding in Southeast Asia. Along with Tonkin and Annam, French Cochin China would later be amalgamated into the greater territory of French Indo-China. Three Paris Mint chief engravers (all from the same family) collaboratively designed this iconic silver crown. 
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Unique and Historically Significant Honorius Solidus Featured as lot #30102 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries 2015 Chicago ANA

Unique and Historically Significant Honorius Solidus Featured as lot #30102 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries 2015 Chicago ANA

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The official Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction for the ANA World’s Fair of Money is nearly here, and we have a final ancient coin to preview -- a historically significant piece and a terrific rarity. This piece is deserving of a word not often thrown around in numismatics: unique. The Solidus described here is truly one of a kind. 
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Museum Quality Edward III Noble Featured as lot #30351 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries 2015 Chicago ANA

Museum Quality Edward III Noble Featured as lot #30351 in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries 2015 Chicago ANA

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our upcoming August ANA world coin auction offers quite diverse European coinage, and today’s preview features an exceptional piece of English hammered coinage. It was struck by the English king Edward III, who is best remembered for his military success and his reclamation of royal authority after his father’s ruinous reign. The famous Hundred Years War began in 1337 after Edward III reasserted his claim to the French crown. 
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Extraordinary and Rare Pattern Coinage of Thailand to be featured as lots 51143 to 51170 in Session B of our August Hong Kong Auction

Extraordinary and Rare Pattern Coinage of Thailand to be featured as lots 51143 to 51170 in Session B of our August Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today’s preview for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction is an astounding run of Thailand pattern coinage. These pieces are exciting for a many reasons, including their stunning design, rarity, historical context and the emerging sector of the numismatic market they represent. Indeed, Thai coinage has been a steadily growing market for years, and the forecast  indicates continued growth. 
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