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By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient Coins

​Our December Hong Kong Collectors Choice Auction of Asian Coins will offer an intriguing early Republic of China Commemorative Pattern [L&M-937; K-B54 (plate coin); WS-0117 (rarity: five stars)]; Wenchao-1099 (rarity: four stars). It is the only certified example listed on the NGC or PCGS population reports, and it is an EXTREMELY RARE and highly desirable issue, clearly struck in limited quantities.​

By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist for World and Ancient Coins

​The Russian Revolution began in 1917 and culminated with a victory by the Bolsheviks in 1922 and the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). This was not the only communist country to be formed in the 1920s. Revolution reached Mongolia in 1921 after a decade of political turmoil. Ruled by Qing Dynasty China until the collapse of the Chinese Empire in 1911, Mongolia descended into turmoil along with the rest of China. Using the pretext of the Russian Revolution, Republic of China troops occupied Mongolia beginning in 1919. 

By Nicholas Fritz, Numismatist, World and Ancient Coins

​At the turn of the 20th century, pre-Revolution Russia was in a delicate place economically, rapidly industrializing yet falling behind Western Europe and Japan. To advance economic interests in the Tsardom, Russia was forced to appeal to external capital, which resulted in the fabled 37 Rubles and 50 Kopeks gold coin, long a source of fascination for collectors of Russian numismatics. With the largest denomination of any coin ever issued from the Russian Empire, along with its considerable size and weight, the type has great appeal for collectors of ultra rarities.​

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director

​Numerous rare, interesting and highly desirable numismatic treasures will soon cross the block in our autumn Hong Kong sale. One engaging group is a small but robust offering of material from the Family of H. H. Kung (Kong Xiangxi). Over the years, provenance has become an increasingly important aspect of collecting, especially pieces from well known collectors like Eduard Kann, Irving Goodman, and Wa She Wong. It is especially rare to find or learn of a provenance that can be directly linked to the production of items; seven such lots in our Fall 2021 Hong Kong auction do just that.​

By Nicholas Fritz, Auction Services Associate - World and Ancient Coins

​In our Fall 2021 Hong Kong auction, we have many interesting numismatic offerings, including a 1967 Australia so-called pattern dollar. On Valentine's Day 1966, Australia officially decimalized and converted to the Australian dollar, transitioning from the traditional 240 pence for one Pound system that had been introduced by the British when the Australian Pound was created in 1910.​

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​There is an abundant selection of numismatic highlights in our upcoming fall Hong Kong auction, which spans the end of September and the beginning of October. One area in which this fact is very apparent is an offering of not just one, but two of the dazzling "Pavilion Dollars" in gold. Frequent readers of our blogs may recall a post from last fall's sale in which we presented a number of these fascinating types in silver, while also shedding light upon their origin and likely purpose.​

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​In their immensely successful official auction of the 2021 ANA World’s Fair of Money, Stack’s Bowers Galleries enjoyed particularly resounding realizations among ancient coins. The exciting offerings in this monumental sale featured nine of the 25 highest-achieving ancient coins in the firm’s history, with five selling in for six-figure prices. 

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

Lifesaving medals are a particularly popular subset of numismatics. As celebrations of the rescuing of one by another, they present importance and a sense of gravity when held and studied. One such fascinating example will be offered in our September Hong Kong auction—a sale which will be our largest to date for the venue. The obverse of this medal features an etching-like engraving showing the steamer "Zhoushan" in the act of sinking off the coast of Ardrossan Harbor (Scotland).​​