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Very Rare Mint State “Reversed Pattern” China Kwangtung 3 Mace 6 ½ Candareens

Very Rare Mint State “Reversed Pattern” China Kwangtung 3 Mace 6 ½ Candareens

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

This week’s preview coin for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is steeped in historical importance -- a choice “Reversed Pattern” China Kwangtung 3 Mace 6½ Candareens. Authorization to establish the Kwangtung mint was granted in 1887, implemented by Viceroy Chang Chi-Tung. 
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China Hupeh Yuan Shih-kai 1920 20 Cents Piece Tied for Finest Certified

China Hupeh Yuan Shih-kai 1920 20 Cents Piece Tied for Finest Certified

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The next highlight from the Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Showcase Auction will be a Chinese Provincial issue from Hupeh, a great coin that is tied for finest certified. The obverse shows a left facing portrait of Yuan Shih-kai in his military uniform. The Chinese inscription that appears above Yuan Shih-kai’s bust provides the date and the issuing authority: “Republic of China, Ninth Year.” 
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Gem Mint State China 1910 Pattern Dollar

Gem Mint State China 1910 Pattern Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Our April Hong Kong Showcase Auction previews continue with this lovely rare pattern Silver Dollar from the final period of the Chinese Empire and the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty. The Central Mint in Tientsin – operated by the Board of Revenue in Peking – minted a multitude of coinage types in the later portion of the Empire, in an attempt to unify the currency system of China. Unfortunately, China’s administrative disorganization (as well as insufficient funds) inhibited the reforms from gaining traction. 

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Exceptional Quality Tientsin Tutung Yamen 1902 Gold Medal

Exceptional Quality Tientsin Tutung Yamen 1902 Gold Medal

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The upcoming April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is shaping up to be quite a superb event! Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is eager to begin our many showcase blogs with a gold medal from a pivotal moment in Chinese history. The Boxers seized the city of Tientsin in June 1900, and the Eight Nation Alliance (Germany, United States of America, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Russia and Austria-Hungary) recaptured the city on July 14th. 
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NYINC Recap – Outstanding Results for Lot 40355, a Terrific Uniface Pattern Essai 5 Franc in Gold

NYINC Recap – Outstanding Results for Lot 40355, a Terrific Uniface Pattern Essai 5 Franc in Gold

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist

We continue our recap of the January New York International Auction hosted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries by featuring another stellar performance, in this case a French gold uniface pattern essai 5 Franc depicting Napoleon III. This piece brought an astounding $24,675.00, well beyond the estimate range of $5,000 to $7,000. 

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NYINC Recap – Outstanding Results for Lot 41054, the Exceptionally Choice Spur-Ryal of James I

NYINC Recap – Outstanding Results for Lot 41054, the Exceptionally Choice Spur-Ryal of James I

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

We continue our recap of the January New York International Auction hosted by Stack’s Bowers by revisiting one of the early highlights featured on this blog. The glorious Spur-Ryal of James I brought strong results at the auction podium, realizing $80,000 and exceeding our high estimate by $10,000. The final results reaffirm the desirable nature of this piece, and we congratulate the collector who persevered in acquiring it. 

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Outstanding Results for Lot 40006, an Extremely Rare Swedish ½ Riksdaler, one of perhaps three known!

Outstanding Results for Lot 40006, an Extremely Rare Swedish ½ Riksdaler, one of perhaps three known!

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Though our January New York International Numismatic Convention Auction has come and gone, we reflect on results that exceeded our expectations. This week’s recap focuses on an extremely rare Swedish ½ Riksdaler of Erik XIV, offered as part of the excellent Lennart Philipson Collection of Swedish coinage. 
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Incredible Results for a Unique Interwar Period Pattern Crown

Incredible Results for a Unique Interwar Period Pattern Crown

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Now that the dust has settled on the January New York International Numismatic Convention and the Official Auction hosted by Stack’s Bowers, we’d like to highlight an incredible piece that realized much more than we anticipated. The lot is a fabulous Pattern Crown produced by Great Britain in 1926 that realized an astounding $32,900! This exceeded our low estimate by a multiple of two. 

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