One of the early silver dollars from China’s Kiangnan Province led
all bidding during Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s April 1 to 3 auction
in Hong Kong, realizing $298,750 with the 19.5 percent buyer’s fee.
The undated (1897) silver 7 mace and 2 candareens coin (dollar)
featuring an ornamental edge, and whose obverse features a special
inscription where the cross-bars of the A’s in KIANG-NAN are scarcely
visible, was the top lot in the auction.
Four distinct edge varieties are known for Kiangnan Province’s
first dollar coins, this type identified by Eduard Kann in
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins (Gold, Silver, Nickel &
Aluminum) as Kann 66d, or the fourth type.
The coin is graded and encapsulated Mint State 62 Secure by
Professional Coin Grading Service and had an estimate of $75,000 to
$125,000 in U.S. funds.
It was one of many highlights from numerous consignments,
including the Dr. John Abner Snell Collection, the second part of the
Frank Robinson Collection, the Gen. M.S. Newton/Kenneth Bressett
Collection and Part III of the Wa She Wong Collection.
Of the 1,750 lots offered, 1,620 lots (92.5 percent) were sold in
the three sessions that comprised the first of three Hong Kong
auctions the firm conducted from April 1 to 4.
The first auction realized an estimated $7.4 million, including
the buyer’s fee, as part of an overall realization of $10.54 million,
according to the firm.
For more information, write to Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio at 1063
McGaw Ave., Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614, telephone the firm at
800-458-4646, email the business at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit its website at www.stacksbowers.com.
Some additional highlights:
China, undated (circa 1923) gold dollar, President Tsao Kun in
civilian clothes, unlisted in Gold Coins of the World by
Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, cataloged as Lin-Ma 1126
(Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Gold & Silver Coins
by Lin Gwo Ming, edited by Ma Tak Wo), Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Mint
State 63, $34,655.
China, Year 8 (1919) gold $20 coin, Yuan Shih-kai, F-4, LM-1029,
NGC MS-63, $19,120.
Empire of China, undated (1908) silver 7 mace and 2 candareens
coin (dollar), LM-11, NGC MS-65, $38,837.50.
China, Year 3 (1911) silver half dollar pattern, Tientsin Mint,
LM-39, that like so many of the 1911 issues, was never adopted for
mass production “due to the outbreak of the 1911 revolution which gave
way to the birth of the republic,” NGC MS-63, $95,600.
China, Year 16 (1927) Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum silver dollar pattern,
LM-85, designed by Richard Placht, mintage of 480 pieces, NGC MS-61, $38,837.50.
China, Soviet issues, Hupeh-Honan-Anhwei, 1932 silver dollar,
LM-888, NGC EF-45, $47,800.
China, undated (circa 1750) gold 10-tael ingot, 367.89 grams,
“typical shape with slightly raised ends,” “three stamps across face
similar to those found on ingots from the wreck of the VOC
East-Indiaman Geldermalsen except the stamps on this bar are circular
instead of square,” EF, $101,575.
China, Yuan Dynasty, Year 14 (1277) Yuan Bao silver sycee 50-tael
ingot, Zhi Yuan, 1,894 grams, Kublai Khan, “experts suggest that
approximately 10 of these Yuan Bao 50 tael ingots are known to exist,
seven of which are accounted for in museums,” Very Fine, $131,450.
China, Chihli Province, Year 23 (1897) Pei Yang silver 50-cent
coin, LM-445, “finest certified Pei Yang Arsenal 50-cent” coin,
Professional Coin Grading Service MS-64 Secure, $77,675.
China, Chihli Province, Year 24 (1898) Pei Yang Arsenal silver 7
mace and 2 candareens coin (dollar), LM-449, “finest certified by
either PCGS or NGC,” NGC MS-65, $59,750.
China, Hunan Province, Year 11 (1922) silver dollar, LM-867, Hunan
Provincial Constitution, NGC MS-63, $15,535.
China, Kiangnan Province, undated (1897) silver 7 mace and 2
candareens coin (dollar), ornamental edge, LM-210a, NGC MS-63, $119,500.
China, Kiangsu Province, Kwan Ping trade coinage, “Chinese-Foreign
circulating coin,” undated (circa 1868) silver pattern 1-mace coin,
dies and patterns originated in England, LM-598, NGC MS-64, $107,559.
China, Kwangtung Province, undated (1891) silver 7 mace and 2
candareens coin (dollar), LM-113, “first Kwangtung coinage struck with
corrected legends,” NGC Specimen 67, $167,300.
China, Kwangtung Province, undated (1891) silver 3 mace and 6
candareens coin (50 cents), LM-134, “corrected design,” NGC Specimen
China, Shanghai, Year 6 (1856) silver 1-tael coin, LM-589, issued
by Wang Yung Sheng and engraved by Wan Chaun, type issued for about
six months with monthly mintage of about 3,000 pieces (for a total of
18,000 mintage), NGC MS-61, $38,837.50.
Hong Kong, Queen Victoria, 1867 silver dollar, “light gold and
grey toning,” “finest certified by either PCGS or NGC,” PCGS MS-65,