PCGS-Certified Coins Score Records at SBG April Hong Kong Sale

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Some of the rarest coins from Asia and beyond crossed the auction block in Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) holders during the April Hong Kong Auction held by Stack’s Bowers Galleries (www.StacksBowers.com). Many of the coins hail from the world-famous Pinnacle Collection, and numerous lots took six- and seven-figure sums during Session B trading on April 6, 2021.

CHINA. Silver Dollar Pattern, Year 17 (1928). PCGS SPECIMEN-64 Gold Shield.
CHINA. Silver Dollar Pattern, Year 17 (1928). PCGS SPECIMEN-64 Gold Shield. This rarity sold for a record $2,280,000 at Stack’s Bowers Galleries April Hong Kong Sale.

Among the top-selling lots that crossed the block at the April Hong Kong Stack’s Bowers Galleries event are several that broke world records. These include the PCGS SP64 1928 China Silver Dollar Pattern, Year 17 (1928), which surpassed its presale estimate of $150,000 to $250,000 by many multiples to realize $2,280,000 — a world-record price for a Chinese coin.

JAPAN. Hishi Oban (10 Ryo), ND Tensho Era (ca. 1588). PCGS MS-60 Gold Shield
JAPAN. Hishi Oban (10 Ryo), ND Tensho Era (ca. 1588). PCGS MS-60 Gold Shield. This rarity realized $1,920,000 at Stack’s Bowers Galleries April Hong Kong Sale.

Eclipsing past records for Japanese coinage was a Hishi Oban (10 Ryo), ND Tensho Era (Ca. 1588) graded PCGS MS60; this outstandingly rare first Japan Oban claimed $1,920,000, or more than double its presale estimate of $700,000 to $900,000. An eight-piece pattern set from Year 3 (1870) also broke records when the coins — all graded PCGS SP66 or higher — collectively took $1,560,000 to become the most valuable modern Japanese coin set to trade hands at auction.

"House records were shattered, and world records were created," remarks Stack’s Bowers Galleries President Brian Kendrella. "It’s amazing to see the excitement in the coin industry right now — hammer prices like these at our April Hong Kong Auction speak to the market’s depth and strength. Quality rarities graded by PCGS raise bidding paddles through the roof."

Other highlights include a Year 3 (1911) Silver Long-Whisker Dragon Dollar Pattern graded PCGS SP64 that trounced presale estimates beyond a factor of four to fetch $1,020,000. Meanwhile, a unique Philippines-Mexico 8 Escudos from 1834-37 representing the Empire of Iturbide snagged $180,000 to set a world-record price for a Filipino coin.

"We can’t underscore enough how happy we are to see these PCGS-graded rarities take the spotlight at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Hong Kong Auction," says PCGS President Brett Charville. "We have seen incredibly bullish market activity for United States coinage these past months and are thrilled that Asian coins performing just as robustly. Good things are ahead for our hobby, and we are excited that our PCGS offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong are serving numismatists in Asia as the hobby continues growing by leaps and bounds there."

About Professional Coin Grading Service

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is a third-party coin and banknote grading company that was founded in 1986. Over 35 years, PCGS has examined and certified more than 45 million U.S. and world coins, medals, and tokens with a combined value of over $41.7 billion. For more information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, please visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

What a remarkable streak they had at this auction in Hong Kong! A world record sales price for each of the following: a Chinese silver dollar pattern, a Japanese 16th century gold oban, a modern Japanese pattern set, and a Philippines 8 Escudos. While this stratospheric pricing level is obviously way above and far beyond the average collector’s reach and resources, it’s gratifying to see that coins are still of great interest in any case.

Last edited 6 days ago by Kaiser Wilhelm