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Hong Kong Signature Sale 3100  7-9 Jul 2022
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Starting price: 150 000 USD
Current bid: 220 000 USD
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Republic Yuan Shih-kai silver Pattern Dollar Year 3 (1914) MS64 NGC, Tientsin mint, KM-Pn32, L&M-72, Kann-643, Shih-D1-2 (Rare), Hsu-65, Chang-CH216 (Rare), WS-0166, Wenchao-858 (rarity 3 stars), Shi Jiagan Collection-633, Shanghai Museum-736-737. By Luigi Giorgi. In a word: exquisite; certainly one of the greatest Pattern designs from the illustrious career of Tientsin mint engraver Luigi Giorgi, and significantly more beautiful than the adopted design. A fitting concept for Yuan Shih-kai's monetary reforms that sought to unify the nation's coinage by establishing provincial mints as branches of the Central Mint in Tientsin and excluding foreign silver Dollars from circulation, this design grants far greater humanity to the newly elected President, closely matching contemporary photographs and banknotes. Every detail from the individual hairs of his mustache to the striated lines on his epaulettes and the veins in the ears of grain on the reverse find full expression, these set against flashy, slightly glassy fields decorated in an antique mottled patina. What is even more astonishing, however--and fitting for its superior artistry--is its jaw-dropping technical preservation. To date, only a single other example has been graded similarly across both NGC and PCGS, the Pinnacle example ranking as a SP58, while the Jacobs piece certified as an MS62. Although PCGS has elected to deem all of these Pattern issues as Specimens while NGC designates them as Mint State, we would note that no real difference exists in the finish. Illustriously provenanced and very difficult to imagine being exceeded any time soon, we can hardly think of a more ideal target for even the most discerning of collectors. From the Rulin Wei Collection


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