NGC-Certified Chinese Silver Coins in the Taisei Auction
Several rarely seen and very valuable Chinese vintage coins certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) are offered in a sale presented by Taisei Coins and The Royal Mint. Tenders are already underway for the sale, which will take place in Japan on April 29, 2022.
A few days before the sale, one of the coins had already fetched a bid of over 205,000,000 yen (over $1.6 million): a Chang Tso Lin silver dollar from China YR16 (1927), graded NGC MS 62. NGC recently restored this coin’s pedigree with the Eduard Kann collection and the plate coin in Kann’s Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins. (To learn more about how NGC restored the family tree, click here.)
The coin (Lot 269) features Chang Tso Lin, a Manchurian warlord who eventually seized China’s top post in 1927 before being assassinated the next year. His coins are known only through a series of designs that, on the incredibly rare occasions they appear at auction, arouse intense collector interest.
Another coin that has attracted enthusiastic bids is a China 1867 Shanghai Tael – With Rays, graded NGC PF 63+ (Lot 218). A few days before the sale, the bid was more than 25 times its starting price of 4,000,000 yen (about US$32,000). Struck by the Hong Kong Mint, this particular coin features both Chinese and British features (including the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom). Chinese government officials rejected the proposed design and nearly all were melted.
Another rare coin on offer is a China YR29(1903) Tael – Restrike graded NGC MS 63 (Lot 219). The obverse of the coin depicts a dragon surrounded by the legend 29TH YEAR OF KUANG HSU and HU POO. Kuang Hsu was Emperor of China from 1875 to 1908, while Hu Poo refers to the Monetary Authority in Beijing.
The auction includes several highly valued samples by Luigi Giorgi, the chief engraver of the Tientsin Mint. One is a China 1914 L&M-859 Silver Dollar graded NGC SP 66 (Lot 254) and another is a China 1914 L&M-67 Silver Dollar graded NGC SP 61 (Lot 255). The patterns feature various views of Yuan Shih-kai, the leader of China from 1912 to 1916, along with the letters L.GIORGI at 4 o’clock on the obverse.
In addition to the coins highlighted here, the auction also includes rarities from Great Britain, including a Henry VII Sovereign hand-stamped in gold, as well as other world rarities. To find out more about the British coins on offer click here. To learn more about other world rarities, including a German New Guinea Gold Coin and an Early Proof Japanese Yen, click here.
Other NGC-certified highlights from China on offer include:
- a China YR21(1932) Silver Pattern Dollar graded NGC MS 60 (Lot 278) with a starting price of 2,000,000 yen (approx. $16,000)
- a China YR12 (1923) Small Characters Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 63 (Lot 266) with a starting price of ¥1,500,000 (approx. $12,000)
- a China 1906 Tael Restrike graded NGC MS 64 (Lot 220) with a starting price of 800,000 yen (approx. $6,300)
- a China 1906 Tael graded NGC MS 61 (Lot 221) with a starting price of 500,000 yen (about $4,000)
- a China YR3 (1914) L. Giorgi Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62 (Lot 257) with a starting price of 500,000 yen (approx. $4,000)
- a China 1928 Memento Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 65 (Lot 247) with a starting price of 500,000 yen (approx. $4,000)
- a China 1907 Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 63 (Lot 222) with a starting price of 300,000 yen (approx. $2,400)
- a China YR12(1923) Large Characters Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62 (Lot 267) with a starting price of 300,000 yen (approx. $2,400)
- a Hong Kong 1866 Plain Edge Silver Dollar graded NGC PF 64 (Lot 580) with a starting price of 200,000 yen (approx. $1,600)
- a China YR38(1949) Bamboo Dollar graded NGC AU Details (Lot 280) with a starting price of ¥100,000 (approx. $800)
- a China 1902 Kirin Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62 (Lot 242) with a starting price of 20,000 yen (approx. $150)
Starting prices are provided by the auction house. The $ symbol represents US dollars.
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