A Year 33 (1907) silver tael from Chihli Province, struck at the
Tientsin Mint as part of emperor Kuang Hsu’s unsuccessful efforts to
introduce a standard tael coinage, led Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s
New York International Numismatic Convention auction.
Graded Mint State 63 Secure Plus by Professional Coin Grading
Service, the coin realized $129,682, including the 18 percent buyer’s fee.
The majority of some 7,000 examples were melted when the emperor
died shortly after launching the project, and today the coin “is
considered one of the classic rarities of Chinese numismatics,”
according to the auction catalog.
A total of 2,087 lots of coins and 776 lots of paper money were
offered in the auction, which was conducted during three different
sessions Jan. 6, 7 and 9. A total of 2,363 lots from 2,863 offered, or
82.5 percent, were sold. The auction totaled $4,638,749, including the
All successful bids were subject to an 18 percent buyer’s fee,
with a discount to 15 percent for certain payment methods. Prices here
reflect the 18 percent fee.
All lots are posted at the auction firm’s website, www.stacksbowers.com. Printed
catalogs may be ordered from the firm for a fee. Contact Stack’s
Bowers Galleries or Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio by telephone at
800-458-4646 at the West Coast office or at 800-566-2580 at the East
Coast office. Write the firm at 1063 McGaw Ave., Suite 100, Irvine, CA
92614, or 123 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019. Email it at email@example.com or visit
Some additional highlights:
Greece, Sicily, Agrigentum, circa 415 to 400 B.C. silver
tetradrachm, 17.2 grams, “reportedly only about a dozen examples of
this type are known, nearly all of which seem to be struck from the
same obverse and reverse die pairing,” this example using a slightly
different reverse than the majority, “lightly toned,” Very Fine, $26,550.
Greece, Sicily, Syracuse, circa 467 to 405 B.C. silver decadrachm,
Euianetos type, 43.11 grams, “light smoothing on cheek,” Good VF, $21,240.
Greece, Syracuse, Fifth Democracy, 214 to 212 B.C. gold 60-litra
coin (decadrachm), 4.3 grams, “only the second specimen known,”
“virtually as struck,” Fleur de Coin, $118,000.
Austria, Salzburg, 1594 Counter Reformation gold 8-ducat coin,
Wolf Dietrich Von Raitenau, Friedberg 674 (Gold Coins of the
World by Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg), Numismatic Guaranty
Corp. Mint State 63, $70.800.
Brazil, Joao V, 1729/8-R gold 12,800-real coin, F-40, NGC About
Uncirculated 58, $15,340.
Brazil, Pedro III and Maria I, 1781-B gold 3,200-real coin, F-78,
NGC AU-55, $15,340.
Cuba, 1915 gold 20-peso coin, F-1, dies engraved and prepared by
Charles E. Barber, struck at the Philadelphia Mint, mintage estimated
at “less than a few dozen,” “a few trivial handling marks,” NGC Proof
Germany, Wurzburg, 1707 gold 10-ducat coin, Johann Philipp II, Von
Greiffenklau, F-3679, NGC MS-61, $64,900.
Great Britain, Pre-Union of England and Scotland, Queen Anne, 1705
gold 5 guineas, F-14, KM-520.2, NGC AU-58, $56,050.
Greenland, 1803 1-rigsdaler paper money, Kongel, Gronlandske
Handel, Pick A4 (Standard Catalog of World Paper Money,
edited by George Cuhaj), serial number 2, “from Greenland’s first
emission of paper currency,” “the earliest known note from this North
American country,” Fine-VF, $29,500.
Greenland, 1911 50-ore note, Den Kongelige Gronlandske Handel,
serial number 1, P-8a, AU-Uncirculated, $21,140.
Greenland, 1911 5-krone note, Den Kongelige Gronlandske Handel,
P-10a, serial number 1, AU-Uncirculated, $5,310.
Islamic Kingdom, Umayyad, A.H. 107 (725 to 726) gold dinar,
Damascus Mint, “key date to the series,” About EF, $20,060.
Peru, Philip V, (1)712-M gold 8-escudo coin, F-7, “matte surfaces
from ‘sand washing,’ ” Nearly Mint State, $11,210.
South Africa, 1902 Veld gold pond, F-4, “mintage of only 986
pieces ... authorized by acting president Schalk Burger,” NGC AU-55, $20,060.
Uruguay, Montevideo, 1854-Mo 40-real coin pattern struck in gold,
F-1, “reportedly only a few samples were ever struck,” NGC AU-58, $44,250.
Yap Island, undated (circa 19th century or earlier) Fei,
Pre-O’Keefe type, 18 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches thick, 54
pounds, “complete, unbroken and attractive,” $19,470. ■