Irvine, Calif. – Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is set to conduct the August 2012 Hong Kong sale from August 19 through August 22 at the Mira Hong Kong in Kowloon. Following the successful sale in April that realized over USD$10.5 million, this sale is poised to rise to equally impressive heights. More than 2,300 lots of Chinese and Asian coins and banknotes will be presented over four days, in addition to an internet-only session containing nearly 600 lots that will close on August 23.
Rarities abound in this sale and feature many seldom offered patterns from China, Korea and Thailand, all of which appear in excellent states of preservation. Notable highlights include an extremely rare 1932 Gold Standard Pattern Dollar struck in copper graded PCGS SP-63 RB that is accompanied by its original paper envelope from the central mint, and an extraordinarily rare Long Whisker Pattern Dollar struck in silver graded SP-63+ by PCGS.
In addition to standard coinage, the Hong Kong sale features a large and highly diverse section of Sycee from throughout China, which includes several museum quality 50 Tael ingots as well as rare varieties of ingots native to Yunnan Province. Other Asian rarities boast an 1889-A French Indo-China Piastre graded NGC PF-66, a coin that is sure to be a significant highlight of the foreign coins session. The modern coin and paper money sessions are chock full of low mintage rarities and finest known pieces including the finest PMG certified Ming Dynasty 1 Kuan P-AA10 graded About Uncirculated 55 Net.
“The Chinese market has certainly matured over the last three years, but the enthusiasm remains very strong,” said Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio executive vice president Rick Ponterio. “We are seeing buyers becoming more discerning than in the past which only raises the interest and competition for the true rarities. Every session of this auction contains great pieces, and I am excited to see how high they will climb when the bidding really gets going.”
Highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2012 Sale include:
- Lot 50031, CHINA. Tai Ching Pattern Dollar Denominated "$1", ND (1910). Tientsin Mint. NGC MS-65.
- Lot 50035, CHINA. Long Whisker Dragon Pattern Dollar, Year 3 (1911). PCGS SP-61 Secure Holder.
- Lot 50151, CHINA. Dollar, Year 9 (1920). PCGS MS-67.
- Lot 50182, CHINA. Pattern Dollar, Year 12 (1923). Tientsin Mint. NGC MS-65.
- Lot 50262, CHINA. Dollar, ND (1916). PCGS MS-66 Secure Holder.
- Lot 50541, THAILAND. Tamlung (4 Baht), ND (1864). NGC AU-55.
- Lot 51126, CHINA. Anhwei. 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar), Year 24 (1898). PCGS MS-63 Secure Holder.
- Lot 51233, CHINA. Honan. 20 Cash Pattern Struck in Copper, CD 1909. NGC AU-55 BN.
- Lot 51244, CHINA. Hunan. Dollar, Year 11 (1922). NGC MS-66.
- Lot 51253, CHINA. Hupeh. Tael, Year 30 (1904). PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder.
- Lot 51297, CHINA. Kiangnan. 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar), ND (ca. 1897). NGC MS-62.
- Lot 51435, CHINA. Manchurian Provinces. 3 Mace 6 Candareens (50 Cents), Year 33 (1907). NGC MS-64.
- Lot 51440, CHINA. Shanghai. Tael, Year 6 (1856). PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder.
- Lot 51482, CHINA. Szechuan. 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar), ND (ca. 1901-08). PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder.
- Lot 51490, CHINA. Szechuan. 3 Mace 6 Candareens (50 Cents), ND (1898). PCGS MS-64 Secure Holder.
- Lot 52260, CHINA. 10,000 Yuan, 2004. Panda Series. NGC PROOF-67 ULTRA CAMEO.
- Lot 52478, CHINA. Five Piece Platinum Proof Set, 1992. Inventions & Discoveries Series. Gem Brilliant Proof.
- Lot 52479, CHINA. Five Piece Gold Proof Set, 1992. Inventions & Discoveries Series. NGC PROOF-69 ULTRA CAMEO.
- Lot 52497, CHINA. Pattern 5 Yuan, 1988. PCGS PROOF-69.
- Lot 53001, CHINA--EMPIRE. Ming Dynasty. 1 Kuan, 1368-99. P-AA10. PMG About Uncirculated 55 Net. Tear.
- Lot 53012, CHINA--EMPIRE. Imperial Bank of China. 1 Tael, 14.11.1898. P-A40a. PMG Choice Very Fine 35.
- Lot 53144, CHINA--PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC. Bank of China. 100 Yuan, 1979. P-FX7. Original Pack of Specimens.
- Lot 53189, CHINA--FOREIGN BANKS. Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. $5, 1.3.1923. P-S353. PMG About Uncirculated 55 EPQ.
- Lot 53219, CHINA--FOREIGN BANKS. Russo-Asiatic Bank. $100, ND (1910). P-S466. PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58.
- Lot 53261, CHINA--PROVINCIAL BANKS. Hupeh Government Mint. 7 Mace 2 Candareens, Yr. 25 (1899). P-S2135r. PMG Very Fine 30.
- Lot 53307, CHINA--MISCELLANEOUS. Sin Chun Bank of China. $10, 1908. P-NL. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ.
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is currently accepting consignments for their next sale in Hong Kong, which will take place in April 2013, as well as for the Official Auction of the November 2012 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo and the January 2013 N.Y.I.N.C. auction. All lot descriptions and images in the August 2012 Hong Kong Auction can be viewed online at the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio website, www.stacksbowers.com. Pre-auction bids will be accepted at www.stacksbowers.com; by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; by phone at 949.253.0916; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, Hong Kong August 2012, 1063 McGaw Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, 92614. Interested bidders are also encouraged to view lots onsite in Hong Kong and bid in-person at the live auction, or live online through the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at www.stacksbowers.com or by calling 949.253.0916.
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the world and ancients auction division of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International. It was founded in 1982 as Ponterio & Associates by Richard Ponterio, renowned specialist in world and ancient numismatics, who is now executive vice president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Past auctions have included such notable coin collections as the Wa She Wong Collection, the John S. Davenport Collection, the Witte Museum Collection, the Amat Collection, the Joe Lasser Collection, and the James Hunnicut Collection. Distinguished paper money collections include the East Bay Collection of International Bank Notes, and the Eduard Kann Chinese Bank Note Collection, along with treasure collections from the shipwrecks “Nicobar,” “Rooswijk,” and “Capitana.”