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By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S.& World Coins

Highlighting the online session of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio December Macau auction is lot 40377, a lovely golden toned 1905-B 50 Cents of the Straits Settlements, certified by PCGS as MS-64 in a Secure Holder. This near gem is the finest example graded PCGS, and shares the same grade as the finest graded example at NGC. Rich toning bathes both sides of this minimally abraded coin. Scarce in Mint State, this example displays a full strike. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio December Macau Showcase Auction is just over a month away and the catalog is now available online and can be viewed here. We have a lineup of impressive coins for our auction coinciding with this inaugural Macau Showcase Coin Show. One highlight is a Tuan Chi Jui “Peaceful Unification” Dollar in gold, a classic rarity found in our auction as lot 32143

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week we again focus on a very rare modern Chinese gold commemorative issue, a 500 Yuan Gold Unicorn from 1995 that we are offering in our December Macau Showcase Auction. This coin boasts a low serial number (003 of 099) and a high grade (Proof-69 Deep Cameo, certified by PCGS). Its size (5 ounces of gold) is quite impressive. This piece is tied with fewer than a dozen at this grade for finest known honors. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world coin team is very excited for our inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction. It will be a very interesting sale, full of highly desirable and collectible material. Today we preview a lovely example of a vintage Chinese rarity, a Yuan Shih-kai Tall Hat Dollar. This coin bears the effigy of Yuan Shih-Kai, an influential leader from China’s early Republican period.

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

One of the more popular series of modern Chinese coins is the Unicorn series of 1994-1996. These were offered in a range of denominations and in gold, platinum and silver. Kilo gold issues were struck in 1994 and 1996 and the latter had a tiny mintage of a mere 18 pieces. In our upcoming December Macau auction we offer serial number 1. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

For this week’s December Macau Showcase Auction preview we have an exciting gold presentation piece from Thailand, known as the Kingdom of Siam when this piece was minted. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation that can claim to have never been colonized by a Western power, attributable in most regards to their capable and reform-minded monarchs, the Chakri Dynasty. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is thrilled to preview our auction highlights for the inaugural December Macau Showcase Auction. This week we feature a lovely Hupeh Tael with small characters that stands as the finest certified by NGC. Originally 648,000 Hupeh Taels were minted, this includes both large and small character types, however it is unknown exactly how many of each were struck. 

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins and Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Among the early scarcities of the modern commemorative China mint issues are the Piefort gold issues of the 1980 Olympiad. From a mintage of only 500 pieces, these were already a scarcity at the time of mintage, and remain a tangible reminder of the epic Olympic games of that year. The specimen being offered in our sale is graded Proof-69 Deep Cameo by PCGS and is accompanied by the original box and certificate.