Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is offering more than 1,600 lots of
Chinese and other Asian coins in two sessions of its 2012 Hong Kong
auction to be conducted Aug. 19 to 20, 2012.
Live bidding for the sale takes place at The Mira Hong Kong, 118
Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
In addition to live bidding, bids may also be submitted by mail,
fax, telephone and via the Internet.
Session 1 consists of 560 lots, composed primarily of Chinese
coins and foreign issues. Live bidding begins at 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong
time, Sunday, Aug. 19.
Session 2 contains 555 lots and is devoted to ancients and
provincial Chinese issues, with a start time of 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong
time, Monday, Aug. 20.
A separate section of offerings, available in an online-only sale,
consists of 520 lots of mixed Chinese and world coins. Bidding began
July 30 and ends Aug. 28 at 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
Of the many diverse and rare pieces offered in the auction, at
least two pattern pieces in the public auction are expected to top the
$100,000 (in U.S. funds) threshold.
The first, Lot 50200, is a rare Year 21 (1932) gold standard
pattern dollar, struck in copper, with reeded edge. The pattern was
struck at the Shanghai Mint with dies prepared by U.S. Mint Chief
Engraver John Sinnock at the Philadelphia Mint, though the planned
gold standard coinage was never implemented. The piece is graded
Specimen 63 red and brown by Professional Coin Grading Service and has
an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.
The second coin, Lot 50037, is a Year 3 (1911) Long Whisker
Dragon, Ordinary Obverse pattern silver dollar, struck at the Tientsin
Mint. Graded Specimen 63+ Secure by PCGS, the coin is characterized as
“extremely rare” and is “lightly toned, lustrous and very attractive.”
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio gives the coin an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.
For live online bidding, visit the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio
website at www.stacksbowers.com. New bidders are strongly recommended
to register at least 48 hours before the start of the auction.
To submit a bid by mail, send a bid sheet to Att. Auction
Department, Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio, 1063 McGaw Ave., Irvine, CA
92614, United States.
For fax bids, send a bid sheet by fax to 949-253-4091.
Telephone bids will be accepted by calling 949-253-0916.
A buyer’s fee of 19.5 percent will be added to all lots sold.
For more information on this auction or other sales, telephone the
firm at 212-582-2580 (New York office) or 949-253-0916 (California
office), email the company at email@example.com or
visit the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio website at www.stacksbowers.com. ■