Kiangnan. Kuang-hsu "Plain Edge" Proof Dollar ND (1897) PR65 NGC, L&M-210, Kann-66 (Kann does not mention plain edge), Chang Foundation page 172 #80. A stunning Plain Edge Proof Pattern. The quality is superb, with a razor-sharp strike and mirrored fields. The surfaces exhibit attractive bluish-gray and golden patina, with no flaws worthy of mention. This is the first example we have offered, and is one of only two Plain Edge Patterns certified by NGC.
Ex. W&B Capital Collection
Commissioned and struck in a very small number by the Heaton Mint in Birmingham, England, along with four smaller denominations, these few Patterns were shipped, along with sets of dies, to the Nanking mint. An interesting fact is that at this time the Kiangnan Province was no longer in existence. All of the silver coins struck at Nanking were inscribed, "Made in Nanking Province," to differentiate them from Kiangsu coins being struck at this mint. When the Heaton dies arrived at Nanking, a security edge was applied and this original Heaton design used to strike circulation coins.
Estimate: 200000-250000 USD