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Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / Wednesday, August 02, 2017 / Categories: Did You Know?

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is offering Part 1 of the Sang Lin Collection of Hong Kong and Chinese coins in our August Hong Kong auction?  Our August Hong Kong sale will take place August 14-17, 2017, at the Mira Hotel. The entire sale is available for viewing and bidding on our website.

Sang Lin was born in Hong Kong in May 1914. At a young age he developed a passion for coin collecting and began acquiring his collection in the late 1940s. At the same time he was the owner and operator of the Tai Tung Match factory. His hard work led to financial stability and enabled Sang to build a world-class collection, focusing on the coins of China and Hong Kong.

Sang was a long-time member of the Hong Kong Numismatic Society and in 1965 he began his first two-year term as Vice Chairman of the society. He served as a committee member from 1967 through 1970 and in 1973 started his second two-year term as Vice Chairman.

Sang’s collection attracted local fame and in the 1970s he was approached by the Hong Kong government to display his coins in the government-run museum. Coverage of the display appeared on Hong Kong television and featured interviews with Sang in which he told about his collection and his experiences while acquiring the coins.

Looking to give his family even more opportunity, Sang moved to Quebec, Canada in 1975, although the stay was brief as he returned to Hong Kong in 1976. Seven years later he returned to Canada with his family, settling in Toronto, Ontario in 1983. His documents noted that he was transferring to Canada over 15,000 numismatic items. These pieces remained stored in 27 sealed wooden boxes until very recently. Sang Lin passed away in Toronto in November of 2000. He not only leaves a collecting legacy, but he also instilled in one of his grandsons a love of numismatics.