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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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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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