A rare 1911 Long-Whisker Dragon silver dollar pattern from the
Chinese empire realized $171,000, topping all lots in Champion Hong
Kong Auctions’ Dec. 1 auction of classic Chinese coins.
The coin, which was graded Proof 62 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.,
added to the total $2,144,921.40 realized in the auction, one of three
auctions Champion staged in conjunction with the inaugural Hong Kong
Invitational Numismatic Convention.
A total of 401 lots from 495 offered, or 81 percent, were sold.
All lots are subject to an 18 percent buyer’s fee, reflected in
the prices here.
Lots are posted for free viewing online at the firm’s website, www.cghka.com/english. Print
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86-1370 1793 363 (from Shanghai).
Some additional highlights:
China, Hong Kong, undated silver 50-cent pattern, Queen Victoria,
design by L.C. Wyon, Krause-Mishler Pn79 (Standard Catalog of
World Coins by Chester Krause and Clifford Mishler), “only two
are known to exist,” this piece “the only one in private hands,” from
the W&B Capital Collection, formerly in the Irving Goodman
Collection, Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Proof 64, $118,000.
China, Shenshi Province, undated (1898) silver 5-cent pattern,
Heaton Mint, Lin and Ma 377 (Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Gold
& Silver Coins by Lin Gwo Ming, edited by Ma Tak Wo), NGC
Specimen 64, $47,200.
China, Empire, 1911 silver 50-cent pattern, LM-39, Professional
Coin Grading Service Specimen 64, $118,000.
China, Hupeh Province, 1904 silver 1 tael, Large Characters,
LM-181, W&B Capital Collection, NGC About Uncirculated 58, $56,640.
China, Fengtien Province, undated (1907) copper $1 token, formerly
in the Tracey Woodward Collection, “one of two known pieces,” choice
China, Empire, 1911 silver dollar pattern, Reversed Dragon, LM-31,
NGC Mint State 62, $84,960.
China, 1914 silver dollar pattern, Yuan Shi Kai, with L. GIORGI
signature, LM-67, Giorgi changed his design after being granted an
audience with the president (Yuan Shi Kai) and thus the design was
never issued for circulation, formerly in the W&B Capital
Collection, NGC Mint State 63, $153,400.
China, undated (1916) Flying Dragon gold dollar, Yuan Shih Kai,
LM-1114, KM-Pn44, NGC MS-62, $47,200.
China, Manchuria, 1928 silver dollar pattern, warlord Chang Tso
Lin, believed to have been struck at the Tientsin (Tianjin) Mint,
border created from stars, About Uncirculated, $118,000.
China, 1929 silver dollar pattern, Sun Yat Sen, A.MOTTI.INC,
LM-91, formerly in the W&B Capital Collection, NGC MS-61, $63,720.
China-Szechuan-Shensi Soviet, 1934 silver dollar, medium solid
stars, About Uncirculated, $18,880.
China, 1936 Sun Yat Sen nickel trial pattern, spade on reverse,
character ping below the spade, J.C. Lee Collection, NGC MS-62,