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By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

As the 19th century was coming to a close, the desire to compete in a burgeoning world economy was felt in nearly all parts of the globe. This included China—an empire home to roughly 400 million people (nearly a quarter of the world’s population at that time). Throughout her realms, strings of ‘cash’ were used as a lower-value currency for over two millennia, with larger sums represented in the form of ‘sycee’—ingots cast in gold or silver.

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​It seems like it was only a short time ago that we were in Hong Kong for our annual Spring Auction. During the intervening period, our team has been hard at work gathering consignments for our August Hong Kong sale. Now, with the completion of the catalog right around the corner, I'm happy to announce another outstanding event, with over 3,300 lots (more than our March total!) that will be sold between our coin and paper money sessions.​

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction promises to be a fantastic sale packed with exciting pieces. Today’s featured coin is an exceptional Centime Essai Piefort from French Cochin China, struck in 1879. French Cochin China was a major French colonial holding in Southeast Asia. Along with Tonkin and Annam, French Cochin China would later be amalgamated into the greater territory of French Indo-China.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our April Hong Kong Showcase Auction previews continue with this lovely rare pattern Silver Dollar from the final period of the Chinese Empire and the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty. 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 insufficient funds) inhibited the reforms from gaining traction. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The upcoming April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is shaping up to be quite a superb event! Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is eager to begin our many showcase blogs with a gold medal from a pivotal moment in Chinese history. The Boxers seized the city of Tientsin in June 1900, and the Eight Nation Alliance (Germany, United States of America, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Russia and Austria-Hungary) recaptured the city on July 14th. 
Did you know Stack’s Bowers Galleries just sold a likely unique 1863 CBIAC $10 Hong Kong Branch Note in our December 2015 Hong Kong auction for over 4 times estimate?  Certainly one of the most significant Hong Kong banknote offerings in several years this lot saw intense competition prior to closing at $85,000 on a $15,000-$20,000 estimate. Click here to read more about the lot.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Though the live sessions of the Stack’s Bowers 2015 December Hong Kong Showcase Auction have closed there are still many numismatic 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 D, starting Monday December 14th at 7:30 PM PT. 

By Aris Maragoudakis, Currency Specialist

On December 8, 2015, during Session C of our December Hong Kong Auction we will offer a unique 1863 $10 Hong Kong Branch Note from the Chartered Bank of India, Australia & China. Incorporated by James Wilson under Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1853, the bank redefined the banking system in the Far East.