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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. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s preview for the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official World Coin Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo is a stunning large Albanian gold piece. This Prova (pattern or test) denominated at 100 Franga Ari was issued with a very low mintage of just 50 pieces. This fact, in addition to its being one of only three at this numeric grade with just two examples certified finer by either PCGS or NGC assures its desirability. 

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.

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today’s preview for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction is an astounding run of Thailand pattern coinage. These pieces are exciting for a many reasons, including their stunning design, rarity, historical context and the emerging sector of the numismatic market they represent. Indeed, Thai coinage has been a steadily growing market for years, and the forecast  indicates continued growth. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Panda Series of modern Chinese coins have seen over three decades of numismatic success, and this August Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to offer rare Pattern coins from the beginning of this series. In 1982 the China Mint decided to produce a series of bullion coinage. Many design ideas were considered, and not all included the iconic Panda. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our Stack’s Bowers Galleries August Hong Kong Showcase Auction will offer numismatic material that appeals to a wide swath of collectors, including significant vintage Chinese, Modern Chinese and highly desirable items from other areas of Asian numismatic collectibles. Today’s featured group was produced in Thailand, which has seen interest in its numismatics grow over the past years.

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

A simply amazing Gem Proof 1855 Flying Eagle cent pattern, the finest certified of its variety by any major grading service, will highlight our July 2015 Rarities Night sale in Baltimore, Maryland. This gorgeous pattern cent is larger than the small cents issued in 1856 and later, and is a near copy of the Flying Eagle cent patterns of the preceding year, 1854, though the reverse wreath differs slightly. 

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Today’s highlight is a true showstopper: a piece of the utmost rarity and prestige, the Hu Poo Specimen Pattern Tael. Coinage reform in China was slow and tumultuous, and this coin represents the largest denomination from one of the first series of proposed coinage reform. At the time of this coin’s striking in 1903, China’s last Qing Dynasty emperor – Kuang Hsu – and his government were unsuccessfully attempting to reform China’s coinage system. 

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