Starting Price: 22 000 USD
QING: AV rectangular cast ingot (364.81g), 26mm x 79mm x 14mm, undated gold bar circa 1745, weight equal to approximately 10 taels (liang), cast in a boat shape with the top having stamped Chinese characters chen ji (assayer name) and bao (precious) twice, the underside has stamped characters san yi , at right and left and wang pu (king's treasure house) at center, EF, RRR.
Nearly identical to the bars from the wreck of the Dutch East-Indiaman Geldermalsen. The VOC East-Indiaman ship Geldermalsen sunk in 1752 with 147 pieces of gold bars and sycee. She was built in 1736 by the Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) and in service for the Kamer van Zeeland. She sank on 18 January 1752 on a homeward voyage from China with tea, china, chinese gold bullion and general cargo, was lost on Geldria shoal, South China Sea. 80 hands were lost, 32 survived. The wreck was discovered in 1984 by Mike Hatcher and salvaged and the treasure was sold at Christie's under the 'Nanking cargo' name .
Estimate: 22,000-26,000 USD