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Hong Kong Signature Sale 3058  7-8 Dec 2017
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Lot 37025

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Estimate: 100 000 USD
Price realized: 62 500 USD

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Anhwei. Kuang-hsu Dollar Year 24 (1898) MS66 NGC, Anking mint, KM-Y45.2, L&M-204, Kann-53a. This is the variety with small obverse rosettes. A remarkable example of this rare Dollar issue. The strike is quite bold, with shimmering mint luster. A touch of golden patina around the peripheries adds to the extraordinary appearance of this dazzling coin. All Anhwei silver coins are very scarce, as the mint in Anking was closed after little more than one year and the new mint, opened about three years after closing of the original mint, produced only copper coins. It is difficult to describe the amazing appearance of this splendid coin, therefore one must see this example in person, or study it carefully on our web site. Needless to say, none have been certified finer. This piece is the example pictured in Michael Chou's book, "Top Chinese Coins-Silver Coinage," and listed on page 136 as #45. We can reference no example of an MS66 coin of this type having been sold in a previous auction. A rare opportunity to acquire the very best. We do find that we have sold an MS63 example, of this type, in our December 2016 Hong Kong auction, lot 37030. This piece sold for a hammer price of $30,000.


Estimate: 100000-150000 USD
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