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Serial number 1 1996 Gold Kilo Unicorn

Serial number 1 1996 Gold Kilo Unicorn

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

One of the more popular series of modern Chinese coins is the Unicorn series of 1994-1996. These were offered in a range of denominations and in gold, platinum and silver. Kilo gold issues were struck in 1994 and 1996 and the latter had a tiny mintage of a mere 18 pieces. In our upcoming December Macau auction we offer serial number 1. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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The Finest Certified 2 Baht Struck in Gold

The Finest Certified 2 Baht Struck in Gold

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

For this week’s December Macau Showcase Auction preview we have an exciting gold presentation piece from Thailand, known as the Kingdom of Siam when this piece was minted. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation that can claim to have never been colonized by a Western power, attributable in most regards to their capable and reform-minded monarchs, the Chakri Dynasty. 
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The Finest NGC Certified Small Characters Hupeh Tael

The Finest NGC Certified Small Characters Hupeh Tael

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is thrilled to preview our auction highlights for the inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction. This week we feature a lovely Hupeh Tael with small characters that stands as the finest certified by NGC. Originally 648,000 Hupeh Taels were minted, this includes both large and small character types, however it is unknown exactly how many of each were struck. 
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The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2014 Hong Kong Paper Money Session

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2014 Hong Kong Paper Money Session

By Matt Quinn, Assistant Director of Currency

Just a few days ago the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2014 Hong Kong paper money session took place on August 20th, attracting vigorous participation from collectors and dealers. The 400-lot session comprised mostly Chinese banknotes with a sizeable group of other far eastern issuers as well. Important Empirical issues started the night with the first lot being an unusually high grade Ming Dynasty note, certified by CMC as About Uncirculated 50 OPQ. 
Author: Matt Quinn
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Hong Kong Internet Session Preview

Hong Kong Internet Session Preview

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our live sessions for our Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Showcase Auction have recently closed and a detailed recap of the big performers will be posted within a few days. Auction results can be found here. There is still time to get in on the action for our stellar August Hong Kong Showcase auction, as our internet sessions are still open.
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Extremely Rare T’ai Ping Rebellion ¼ Tael

Extremely Rare T’ai Ping Rebellion ¼ Tael

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Just one week remains before the inaugural session of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction. Be sure to view the auction here, and keep in mind that the first session starts live Monday August 18 at 10 AM Hong Kong Time, which is Sunday August 17 at 7 PM Pacific Time. The numismatic treasure we feature here is a silver ¼ Tael and hails from the tumultuous T’ai Ping Rebellion. 
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The First Dragon Dollar of China

The First Dragon Dollar of China

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our weekly preview item for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is very exciting, with serious historical significance and prestige, as it stands as the First Dragon Dollar of China. Authorization to establish the Kwangtung mint was granted in 1887, implemented by Viceroy Chang Chi-Tung. 
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1911 Reverse Dragon Pattern Dollar

1911 Reverse Dragon Pattern Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is now live! You can browse the auction here. We are excited to share with you today an example we are offering of the ever popular 1911 “Reverse Dragon” Pattern Dollar, a rare pattern Silver Dollar from the twilight of the Chinese Empire and the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty. 
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