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By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our previews for the December Hong Kong Showcase Auction continue with an exceptional silver crown that is an iconic vintage Chinese rarity, with this example all the more desirable due to its exalted grade. According to Kann, the famous “Bamboo Dollar” from Kweichow province resulted from rampant inflation in the 1940s that devalued paper currency in China leading some provinces to begin minting their own metallic money.