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Extremely Rare Chihli Province “Pei Yang” Tael, Tied for Finest Certified

Extremely Rare Chihli Province “Pei Yang” Tael, Tied for Finest Certified

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

For our Hong Kong Showcase Auction highlight we feature a coin that is a classic Chinese numismatic rarity. This coin represents one of a few attempts made by the Chinese Imperial government to institute a standard coinage system based on the Tael, while simultaneously circulating with the coinage system based on the foreign denomination of dollars (7 Mace 2 Candareens) and cents.
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Extremely Rare 1900 Peking Mint Pattern Dollar

Extremely Rare 1900 Peking Mint Pattern Dollar

By Todd McKenna, Numismatist & Cataloger and Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world coin team is very proud of the large range of collectible material and outstanding rarities to be offered in our April Hong Kong Showcase Auction. The Peking series of coinage is easily one of, if not the rarest of all Imperial era machine struck coin series and, although restrikes exist, they too are quite rare. 
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Choice AU 1858-C Half Eagle

Choice AU 1858-C Half Eagle

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

This week our popular iAuction features a popular Charlotte Mint half eagle with sharply struck devices and good eye appeal. While scarce as a class, this 1858-C $5 coin is perfect to represent this southern branch mint in a type set. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Very Rare 1911 “Reversed Dragon” Pattern Dollar

Very Rare 1911 “Reversed Dragon” Pattern Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our April Hong Kong Showcase Auction previews continue with this lovely rare pattern Silver Dollar from the final period of the Chinese Empire and the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty. 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. 
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Very Rare 1911 "Reversed Dragon" Pattern Dollar

Very Rare 1911 "Reversed Dragon" Pattern Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our April Hong Kong Showcase Auction preview continues with this lovely rare pattern Silver Dollar from the final period of the Chinese Empire and Qing (Ch'ing) Dynasty. 

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Extremely Rare Hu Poo Specimen Pattern Tael

Extremely Rare Hu Poo Specimen Pattern Tael

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today’s highlight is a true showstopper: a piece of the utmost rarity and prestige, the Hu Poo Specimen Pattern Tael. Coinage reform in China was slow and tumultuous, and this coin represents the largest denomination from one of the first series of proposed coinage reform. At the time of this coin’s striking in 1903, China’s last Qing Dynasty emperor – Kuang Hsu – and his government were unsuccessfully attempting to reform China’s coinage system. 

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Rare and Appealing China 1911 Tientsin Pattern ½ Dollar, Ex: ANS Duplicate acquired 1937

Rare and Appealing China 1911 Tientsin Pattern ½ Dollar, Ex: ANS Duplicate acquired 1937

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s highlight from our upcoming April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a 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. 
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Choice Yuan Shih-kai Flying Dragon Gold Dollar

Choice Yuan Shih-kai Flying Dragon Gold Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger & Numismatist

With the dust settling from our inaugural auction of 2015, the New York International Numismatic Convention, we begin looking ahead to exciting auctions slated for 2015. Our next world coin auction event is our Hong Kong Showcase Auction held March 30 through April 1, and there is still time to consign to this auction event. 

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