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By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is rapidly acquiring a variety of coins and paper currency for what promises to be an excellent auction. Our featured coin for this week offers both scarcity and a high grade. This coin bears the effigy of an influential leader from China’s early Republican period, Yuan Shih-Kai. Like most historical figures Yuan Shih-Kai’s legacy is complex and fraught with negative repercussions.