A rare bank note from Hupeh Province in China showing a silver
Chinese dollar is the “finest known” example, according to Champion
Hong Kong Auctions, which will offer the note for sale on Nov. 30.
The 1899 Hupeh Government $1 (7 mace, 2 candareens) note,
identified as Pick S2135 in the Standard Catalog of World Paper
Money, edited by George Cuhaj, highlights the Arthur Coole
Collection of Chinese paper money, one of several marquee consignments
in the auction.
The note is in a vertical format and without punch cancellations
often found on these notes.
On the face, two dragons each hold one side of a Dragon silver
dollar coin, while the orange back shows a table of Chinese characters.
The note is graded Choice Extremely Fine 45 Net by Paper Money Guaranty.
The auction of 416 lots of Chinese paper money is one of three
auctions being conducted by Champion Hong Kong Auctions in conjunction
with the first Hong Kong Invitational Numismatic Convention.
The auction is scheduled at the Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong. It also
includes 163 lots from the J.C. Lee Collection of Chinese bank notes.
An 18 percent buyer’s fee applies to successful bids.
Lots are posted for free viewing online at the firm’s website, www.cghka.com/english. Print
catalogs may be ordered from the firm.
For more information or to order catalogs, email Michael Chou at
or telephone him at 646-270-9988 (from inside the United States), at
86-920 630 566 (from Taipei), at 81-909 015 0225 (from Japan) or at
86-1370 1793 363 (from Shanghai).
Some additional paper money highlights:
China, Ming Dynasty, circa 1368 to 1399 mulberry bark Pao Chao
1-kuan note, Ta ming, “earliest collectible paper money,” “one account
about the Ming notes is that a bundle was found underneath a statue of
Buddha during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900,” formerly in the Arthur
Braddan Coole Collection, Lot 164, Paper Money Guaranty Very Fine 25.
China, military rule, 1911 Chinese Revolutionary Government
10-copper note, Lot 310, Extremely Fine.
China, 1913 Russo-Asiatic Bank, 1-mace note, Pick S481, Lot 131,
PMG Fine 15.
China, 1953 People’s Bank of China 10-yuan note, serial number I
II IV 2847479, Pick 870, Lot 336, About Uncirculated. ■