This year both Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries will be
hosting official auctions throughout the American Numismatic
Association World Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., which runs from
Aug. 5 to 9.
On Aug. 6 Stack’s Bowers will hold its Rarities Night auction and
Heritage has its Platinum Night paper money auction.
The next night Heritage hosts its U.S. coins Platinum Night sale,
and on Aug. 8 Heritage has a third Platinum Night auction, featuring
ancient and world coins. Beyond these big auctions, many more auction
sessions will be spread out during the convention.
Although the two firms are offering around 10,000 lots during the
ANA show — including multiple seven-figure rarities — here are a few
lots that our editors selected to represent the range of diverse world
coins and paper money selections the official ANA auctions offer.
Circa 1853 Taiwan Military Ration dollar, Very Fine Details,
Heritage Auctions, Aug. 8
Designs are almost secondary on the circa 1853 silver Ju-I military
ration dollar in Heritage Auctions’ sale.
The undated coin was the result of a military uprising in Fung Shan,
Taiwan, in 1853.
To pay troops and meet other expenses, Ju-I and Bi Pao military
ration dollars were minted in the city of Tainan. A limited number of
issues were struck before the uprising ended.
The two lotus branches on the reverse give this coin the nickname
the “Lotus” dollar. The obverse shows a “treasure pot and tree,”
according to the auction description, though Eduard Kann identifies
the main design device as a vase and branches in his Illustrated
Catalog of Chinese Coins (Gold, Silver, Nickel & Aluminum).
These coins all feature a few Chinese symbols that were added
immediately after production, Kann wrote. But they are also often
found heavily marked or “chopped” from a time when circulating silver
was tested throughout China by many merchants.
The example in the Heritage auction is “moderately” chopped,
according to the firm, and is graded Very Fine Details, Chopmarked,
Scratched, by NGC. It is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000.
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