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By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The next highlight from the Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Showcase Auction will be a Chinese Provincial issue from Hupeh, a great coin that is tied for finest certified. 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, Ninth Year.” 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio December Hong Kong Showcase Auction will offer a choice coin steeped in rich historical importance. Authorization to establish the Kwangtung mint was granted in 1887, implemented by Viceroy Chang Chi-Tung. In order to modernize the mint, minting machinery, dies, hubs, and other equipment were ordered from the Heaton mint at Birmingham. 

Crossing the block as part of the December Hong Kong auction, we are pleased to offer space collectibles from the ‘Shenzhou 1. These items were stored in the cabin of and traveled into space aboard ‘Shenzhou 1’, China’s first space ship in 1999. Returning to the Earth from space, each piece was examined and certified by The People’s Republic of China Beijing Notary Office.” 

Did you know Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading auctioneer of rare coins and banknotes in Southeast Asia?  Our December Hong Kong Auction features some of the most desirable numismatic material available anywhere in the world, including a number of highly desirable museum quality pieces. Click here to read more.

歐洲著名學者珍藏系列

The Distinguished European Scholar who built this collection of coinage traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia over 40 years ago. As he journeyed he was able to purchase high quality pieces at a time when interest had not developed and prices were very low for these types of coins. With incredible foresight he put together one of the greatest collections ever formed in this collectibles area.

歐洲著名學者在超過40年於歐洲及亞洲地區廣泛遊歷中建立了此套錢幣系列。旅途中,他於當時仍未對錢幣產生興趣下購買了高品質而價格低的錢幣。憑藉令人難以置信的先見之明,他將此套最大的收藏品之一放在一起並形成這一收藏領域。

Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries is auctioning space collectibles from the ‘Shenzhou 1’ in our December 8-9, 2015, Hong Kong auction? These items were stored in the cabin of and traveled into space aboard ‘Shenzhou 1’, China’s first space ship in 1999. Returning to the Earth from space, each piece was examined and certified by The People’s Republic of China Beijing Notary Office. Each piece is government-certified, individually serial numbered, contains a unique code and has a Notary certificate examined and issued by “Beijing Notary Public Office of the People’s Republic of China.” 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

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. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s highlight coin for our upcoming August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is an absolutely stunning pattern Half Dollar from the final months of the Imperial Chinese Government. The Central Mint in Tientsin – operated by the Board of Revenue in Peking – minted a multitude of coinage types in the later portion of the Empire, in an attempt to unify the currency system of China. Unfortunately, China’s administrative disorganization (as well as a lack of sufficient funds) inhibited the reforms from gaining traction.
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