Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Announce April 2018 Hong Kong Sale

by on March 8, 2018 · 11 comments

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday, April 2 through Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

GREAT BRITAIN. Triple Unite, 1644-OX. Oxford Mint. Charles I (1625-49). PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder

GREAT BRITAIN. Triple Unite, 1644-OX. Oxford Mint. Charles I (1625-49). PCGS AU-55 Secure Holder

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading auctioneer of rare coins and banknotes in Asia, and this auction is replete with extraordinary rarities and numismatic treasures.

Session B will commence at 9:30 AM Hong Kong Time on Tuesday, April 3, beginning with Vintage Chinese Coins. The first major highlights are back to back 10 Tael Gold ingots (Lots 50010 and 50011) with the first confirmed to be Ex Nanking Cargo and the second presumed to be.

CHINA. 10 Tael Gold Ingot, ND (ca. 1750)

CHINA. 10 Tael Gold Ingot, ND (ca. 1750)

Either would be a thrilling addition to any collection of world gold or the cabinet of a treasure enthusiast. A strong run of the standard sycee types follows.

A robust Provincial Issues section presents over 240 lots. This vast and deep area of Chinese numismatics is well represented with coinage from Anhwei, Chekiang, Chihli, Fengtien, Fukien, Honan, Hunan, Hupeh, Kiangnan, Kiangsi, Kiangsu, Kirin, Kwangsi, Kwangtung, Kweichow, Shanghai, Sinkiang, Szechuan, Taiwan, Tibet and Yunnan. The first highlight appears just six lots in — Lot 50052 is a condition census Chekiang 1898 50 Cents piece.

The next highlight is featured prominently on the front cover of the catalog: Lot 50056, a Chihli (Pei Yang Arsenal) 1896 Dollar.

CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang Arsenal). Dollar, Year 22 (1896). NGC MS-62

CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang Arsenal). Dollar, Year 22 (1896). NGC MS-62

This rare and impressive coin offers gorgeous multi-color iridescent tone and is a stunning piece certain to elevate the next collection it enters. Another exceptional Chihli piece is Lot 50078, a Mint State 1907 Dollar with lovely champagne toning. Moving on to Fukien province, a rare 20 Cent issue commemorating the "Victory of the Revolutionary Army’s Northern Expedition" is featured as Lot 50098.

The ever popular Hupeh Tael in Lot 50107 has "Small Characters" and a dynamic pair of flying dragons, a very desirable type. Lot 50161 is a high grade and rare "Wu Shen" Dollar from Kirin that features the Arabic numeral "11" at the center of the reverse and is an exception for an issue that is typically encountered with surface issues such as chopmarks. An exceptional Auto Dollar from Kweichow in Lot 50181 offers quality that is especially nice. There are an additional three Auto Dollars, a veritable "Car Dealership." Lot 50188 is a historically significant Shanghai Tael, representing an attempt to oust the Spanish 8 Reales as the currency of choice in Shanghai. This piece is notable as the first Tael coinage produced in China. The next highlight is also a major first for Chinese numismatics: an "Old Man" Dollar produced in Taiwan. This coin — Lot 50226 — is considered the first silver dollar minted in China and remains an ever-popular type. Tibet is represented by a strong run of coinage of over 30 lots in this catalog.

Immediately following the Provincial coinage is the Empire General Issues section. A glorious 1906 5 Mace Restrike in Lot 50302 is the finest certified. Starting with Lot 50304, there is a steady run of highlights: two gorgeous 1910 Pattern Dollars, a ¼ Dollar from the same series, a tremendous "Long Whisker Dragon" Dollar and a "Reversed Dragon Pattern" Dollar.

CHINA. Long Whisker Dragon Pattern Dollar, Year 3 (1911). Tientsin Mint. NGC MS-63+

CHINA. Long Whisker Dragon Pattern Dollar, Year 3 (1911). Tientsin Mint. NGC MS-63+

The Long Whisker Dollar offers gorgeous toning and the "Reversed Dragon" Pattern features blazing white luster (Lots 50307 and 50308).

Republic General Issues are well represented in this sale, with nearly 90 lots that include many popular types representing the personages of the era: Sun Yat-sen, Li Yuan Hung, Yuan Shih-kai, Hsu Shih Chang, Tuan Chi Jui and Tsao Kun. The highlights begin with a superb gem quality Low Stars Dollar (L&M-42) as Lot 50322. An exceptional Li Yuan Hung with hat Dollar appears as Lot 50324 while a gorgeous Dragon and Peacock Dollar is found in Lot 50369. A trio of exciting Sun Yat-sen Pattern Dollars are offered as Lots 50377 through 50379, with two from the British dies and one from the Austrian design. Lot 50387 is a superb gem Yuan Shih-kai in tall hat Dollar featuring pristine surfaces and radiant luster. One of the most interesting highlights offered in this auction is the "Mint Sport" Pattern Dollar with Gold Standard Reverse (Lot 50394).

CHINA. Gold Standard Pattern Dollar with Plain Edge, Dated Year 18, Struck in 1932. NGC MS-62 BN

CHINA. Gold Standard Pattern Dollar with Plain Edge, Dated Year 18, Struck in 1932. NGC MS-62 BN

A history of this piece can be found in the catalog or online at Three separate offerings of the Yuan Shih-kai Flying Dragon Reverse Dollar in Lots 50395 through 50397 present an always in demand and visually stunning type. Rounding out the Republic section are two Meng Chiang aluminum pieces (a Fen [Cent] as Lot 50410 and a Chiao [10 Cents] as Lot 50411).

Soviet Issues feature a rarely encountered Hupeh-Honan-Anhwei Soviet Dollar, with an intriguing pseudo-Russian script of debased Cyrillic (Lot 50412), the fascinating history of which can be found in the catalog. Additional exciting pieces are found in the Fantasies and Chinese Medals sections, so if Exonumia piques your interest be sure to browse there.

The Auction resumes on Tuesday April 3 with Session C — Modern Chinese Coins at 6:30 PM Hong Kong Time. With over 200 lots this session is sure to include something for all varieties of collector. The Panda Series opens the session, a series which enjoys evergreen popularity among collectors. The first highlight, lot 51021, is a hefty twelve-ounce gold Panda denominated at 1,000 Yuan dated 1986. The 1995 50 Yuan gold Panda is a key date for the series, and there are three opportunities to own one in this sale, Lots 51054 through 51056, with both large and small date varieties offered. A Kilogram 10,000 Yuan 2002 gold Panda issue is lot 51083 and with its mintage of a just 68 pieces it is an item that may not be seen at auction for years to come.

Modern Chinese offerings continue with great offerings from the Lunar Series, dominated by a magnificent twelve-ounce golden Rooster. Denominated at 1,000 Yuan, with a mintage of just 99 pieces Lot 51123 is certain to create excitement as it crosses the auction podium.

CHINA. 1,000 Yuan, 1993. Lunar Series, Year of the Cock. NGC PROOF-69 ULTRA CAMEO

CHINA. 1,000 Yuan, 1993. Lunar Series, Year of the Cock. NGC PROOF-69 ULTRA CAMEO

Lot 51157 features an incredible Proof Platinum Unicorn at the pinnacle of certification (NGC Proof-70 Ultra Cameo). Other Modern Chinese coinage series are represented as well, including Olympic Series, Historical Figures and Year of the Child. The next significant piece is Lot 51188, a 500 Yuan five-ounce gold piece issued in 1993 to commemorate the Centenary of Chairman Mao’s birth. This substantial issue features a commanding visage of Mao and has a tiny mintage of 100 pieces.

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Showcase Auction continues on Wednesday April 4 at 9:30 AM Hong Kong Time with Session D: Hong Kong, Ancient and World Coins. The Hong Kong Coin section offers over 60 lots, including some nice vintage material, but the heft of this session lies in the modern issues. There is an especially strong run of gold Lunar Series issues that present a lovely variant to the collector of modern coinage of mainland China. Multiple complete twelve-piece sets of the Lunar Series will be offered.

Immediately following the Hong Kong offerings are coins from a variety of countries and regional states: Annam, Australia, a lovely run of Burmese coinage, Cambodia, Comoros, French Cochin and Indo-China, some tremendous gold issues from Great Britain, a strong showing of Japanese issues, Russia, Singapore, Straits Settlements, and a lovely Thai offering. Highlights include Lot 52110, a Cambodian 50 Centimes Souvenir issue in gold, a rare type with few certified examples. An 1879 French Cochin China Centime Piefort Essai with only two examples known offered as Lot 52117, is a thoroughly rare example. French Indo-China also provides a lovely and scarce Essai issue in Lot 52132, a Piastre Pattern in silver, and one of only four known examples.

Directly following is a wonderful selection of British hammered gold issues, headlined by three staggering examples of the largest and heaviest hammered gold coin to be struck in England: the famed Triple Unite (Lots 52143, 552144 and 52145). The circumstances leading to the English Civil War are laid out in a concise overview preceding the three examples, detailing the establishment of the Royalist mint in Oxford and the Wellington Declaration. A Mint State William and Mary 5 Guineas in Lot 52146 rounds out this quartet of fabulous large English gold highlights. The coinage of Great Britain provides yet another highlight in Lot 52170, a lovely proof Trade Dollar, dated 1903-B, the sole certified example at NGC or PCGS.

The offering of Japanese coinage features two examples of first issue of the large gold 20 Yen, dated Meiji 3 (1870). The first example (Lot 52186) is a tremendous Mint State example, while Lot 52187 offers a second chance for the under-bidders on the previous example. More large gold appears later in the sale as well, including Lot 52288, a Singapore twelve-ounce piece commemorating the Year of the Snake. Continuing the massive gold trend is a 1951 1,000 Baht from Thailand, that offers a hefty 5.56 troy ounce Actual Gold Weight. The smaller denominations in that series follow, appealing to the collector who appreciates completion. All told, the Foreign Coin session is packed with gold, and should draw considerable interest.

There will be a separate catalog for the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Copper Coinage, with that session to be held on Monday, April 2 at 9:30 AM Hong Kong Time. Please see the detailed press release for this session which can be found at

Additionally, there will be a catalog produced for the Hong Kong, World and Chinese Paper Money, with the session held on Wednesday, April 4 at 2:30 PM Hong Kong Time. A separate press release detailing the many paper money rarities can be found at the link above.

The Internet only session be held on Thursday, April 5, with the Chinese, Hong Kong & World Coins Session taking place at 10:30 AM Hong Kong Time (7:30 PM Pacific Time on Wednesday, April 4). These sessions will offer a number of highly desirable coins and medals with very attractive opening bids that are certain to attract intense bidder activity.

Lot viewing will be available at the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Santa Ana office before the sale, as well as in Hong Kong immediately prior to the auction itself.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Old Collector March 8, 2018 at 11:50 am

I could say that I booked my first class ticket on Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong to take major advantage of what promises to be an absolutely fabulous auction.

I could say a lot of things in fact, but then, not all of them would be true.

Old Collector of Dreams

Mouse March 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Would love to throw in on a Chinese hand poured gold ingot, but way out of my price league.

Very interesting coins – designs – history / need to brush up on my international coins.

Old Collector: I was gonna book the same passage but when they told me the cost, I decided I would swim instead lol


Old Collector March 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm


The impossibility of the likes of us being actively involved with this kind of elite, celebrated occasion is simply the penalty we are assessed for not being either born directly into or having somehow otherwise obtained a membership card in the stratospherically-elevated plateau of the international 2% club.

Old Collector and Fellow Swimmer

Millhouse March 8, 2018 at 4:22 pm

It is exasperating listening to you pontificate about nonsense! I come here to read intelligently written articles and commentary from intelligent individuals about numismatics. What do I get? An “OLD COLLECTOR” trying to sound intelligent by using big words in an endless rant about what he thinks is right, wrong, or otherwise unrelated to the article he is posting to. His little lap dog “Mouse” adds to the nonsense and encourages these ridiculous rants, so the nonsense never ends. I’m done with this site until these two knuckleheads tone it back. I’ll stick with Intelligent articles with no nonsense.

Mouse March 8, 2018 at 6:18 pm

Hi Old collector, did I mention that I am a fan of a coin community and value all that my community brings forward.

Cheers my friend.


Old Collector March 9, 2018 at 4:51 am

Hello Mouse,

It’s so very nice of you to say all that about our friendly little forum here, and your sentiment is, I am sure, echoed and seconded by many other participants here. This is, after all, without a shadow of a doubt the most knowledgeable, enthusiastic, welcoming and overall hospitable aggregation of coin enthusiasts I have ever had the exceedingly good fortune to discover and become a part of. I thank my lucky stars for having run into you and all the other good people here!

Old Collector

Old Collector March 9, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Hong Kong Haiku

Trace the wind’s journey
to the city on the very
edge of civility.

Old Collector

Joe Brown March 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm

The *Asian*People, love their, myth or legend dragon*coins! My *godmother*! In my*early 1*digit years would *sing*puff*the*magic*dragon* to me* rocking*me*to*sleep*! That was my *1st fave*song, until my*mom*, when my brother* & sis* went off to school, would walk*me down the *avenue singing*me & *my*shadow*! Both have *sweet*voices*! Anyhow! I*m open for those dates *April 2 threw 4, but my* jet* i got in a million peaces right now; wont be ready in time*. If only i* can somehow get the >Mrs.< to blow up my* hot*air*balloon! You*All are more than *welcome to sail along*! U* to *Millhouse! Just bring a *chute, just in case *u get twat*y! *laugh!

Old Collector March 9, 2018 at 11:03 pm

Joe Brown,

Since so much of the world’s Big Money up and moved to China – or “Gina”, as our Orange Pez Prez (aka “I woulda run into the school bare chested Putin-style and ripped that shooter limb from limb with my bare pinkies”) is given to calling it – it’s no wonder the big coin sales are expanding to the Mysterious Orient these days. Follow the money, isn’t that what they always advise?

Old Collector & Fooh Deflector

Old Collector March 13, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Joe Brown,

Reading about Kowloon in Hong Kong in the article up above stirred pleasant memories of good old Eddie Andelman and how he so often brought up the Kowloon Restaurant – apparently his favorite dining venue (at least as far as we listeners knew) – on his sports talk radio show. Good times!

By the way, with Comrade President For Life-Communist Party Head-Military Grand Poobah Xi Ping Pong now in charge of EVERYTHING even remotely Chinese, I wonder how long Hong Kong will be able to maintain that modicum of independence that it has enjoyed so far ever since the British handed the former Colony back to the Mainland? Things might just get a bit dicier there….

Old Collector (& Vignette Injector)

Old Collector March 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Hong Kong Haiku

Discs of gold, sliver
of land, free to choose; oh, how
soon the dragon roars.

Old Collector

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