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April 2024 Hong Kong Auction  15-18 Apr 2024
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Lot 40123

Starting price: 240 000 USD
Price realized: 310 000 USD
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CHINA. 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar), ND (1908). Tientsin Mint. Kuang-hsu (Guangxu). PCGS SPECIMEN-64.
L&M-11; K-216; KM-Y-14; WS-0029. Wholly captivating and tantalizing to gaze upon, this near-Gem later imperial crown would already possess a great number of accolades on account of its elite, expert level of preservation paired with inviting and somewhat bewitching pastel iridescence. But its manufacture via specimen-quality dies is the aspect that certainly sets it apart from the vast number of others, as the strike is simply on another level. Exceptional precision and razor-sharp crispness tower over its business strike counterparts, with the glistening brilliance in the fields allowing the wondrous strike to stand out merely that much more. A similar, but rather deeply toned, specimen striking of this type realized a total of $1.26 million in our December 2021 CCO (Lot # 42043)--setting the heights to which this type could certainly reach. As such, an IMMENSELY RARE and important opportunity for a titan of the Tientsin mint.

Estimate: $400000 - $600000
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