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Year 3 (1914) Yuan Shih-kai Fifty Cents to be featured as lot 54038 in Session E (Internet Only Session) of our August Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Author: Chris Chatigny / Thursday, August 27, 2015 / Categories: World Coin of the Week

Though the live sessions of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio 2015 August Hong Kong Auction have closed there are still many opportunities to be found in the Internet Only Session. Chinese Empire, Republic, Provincial and modern as well as other coins and medals from around East Asia and her sphere of influence can all be found in the Internet Session E, starting Monday August 31 at 8:30 PM PT. A plethora of hidden treasures lurk here, such as this pleasing example of a scarce issue, a Yuan Shih-kai Fifty Cents issue from Year 3 (1914).

The obverse shows a left facing portrait of Yuan Shih-kai in his military uniform. The Chinese inscription that appears above Yuan Shih-kai’s bust provides the date and the issuing authority; “Republic of China, Third Year.” The reverse features two prominent Chinese characters meaning “Half Dollar” vertical within an ornate wreath with Chinese characters above which state: “Each 2 pieces equal to 1 Yuan.” The coin has even stony toning with some faint yellow-gold highlights among the recesses of the hair and the reverse legend. This is just one of the many treasures within the Internet Session, so be sure to browse the session and enter a few bids – you may find a deal!

Preview this lot along with the rest of our Internet-Only session at StacksBowers.com. While our Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is closed for further consignments, we are currently taking consignments of Asian, world and ancient coins for our December Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese and other Asian coins and currency, November Baltimore and New York International auctions. Time is running short, so if you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors.