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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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The Finest Certified Li Yuan Hung Dollar with Crossbar of H Missing

The Finest Certified Li Yuan Hung Dollar with Crossbar of H Missing

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

As we move closer to our Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction, we continue to offer highlights from the sale. This week’s preview coin features the effigy of Li Yuan Hung, prominent in early Republican China, who served as the third President of the Republic of China. Li Yuan Hung first served as Vice President to Sun Yat-sen and Vice President to Yuan Shih-kai. 
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Impressive 1864 Rama IV 60th Birthday Presentation Tamlung

Impressive 1864 Rama IV 60th Birthday Presentation Tamlung

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

For this week’s highlight coin from the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction we have an exciting 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, a feat attributable to capable and reform-minded monarchs, the Chakri Dynasty. King Mongkut is one of the most revered Thai sovereigns, and is also well known outside Thailand as the titular ruler in the classic play and film, The King and I, based on Anna Leonowens’ years in Mongkut’s court. 
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Extremely Rare Sun Yat-sen pattern Half Dollar struck in San Francisco

Extremely Rare Sun Yat-sen pattern Half Dollar struck in San Francisco

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week we preview from the Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio August 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction a very rare pattern Half Dollar featuring the distinctive and ever popular Sun Yat-sen and Junk boat design. Dr. Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese revolutionary who spearheaded the downfall of the Imperial Chinese Qing Dynasty and the dawn of the Republic of China. As the founding father of the Republic of China, Sun is still revered today despite the near-constant struggle and frequent exile he faced during his life. 
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Scarce Highest Graded Year 9 Japanese Trade Dollar

Scarce Highest Graded Year 9 Japanese Trade Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The April 2014 Hong Kong Showcase Auction is just over a month away, and the rarities and highlights we have in store just keep on coming. This week the island nation of Japan provides the highest graded Trade Dollar as our world coin highlight for the week. The short-lived silver Japanese Trade Dollar was only minted for three years, from 1875-77. 

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