NGC-certified Rare Chinese Silver Coins Featured in Taisei Auction


Several seldom-seen and highly valuable vintage Chinese coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) are being offered in a sale presented by Taisei Coins and The Royal Mint. Bidding is already underway for the sale, which will be held April 29, 2022, in Japan.

China YR16(1927) Chang Tso Lin Silver Dollar
China YR16(1927) Chang Tso Lin Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62

Several days before the sale, one of the coins had already achieved a bid over ¥205,000,000 (over $1.6 million): a China YR16(1927) Chang Tso Lin Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62. NGC recently re-established this coin’s pedigree to the Eduard Kann Collection and the Plate Coin in Kann’s "Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins." (To learn more about how NGC re-established the pedigree, click here.)

The coin (lot 269) depicts Chang Tso Lin, a warlord of Manchuria who eventually gained China’s top post in 1927 before being assassinated the next year. His coins are only known through a series of patterns, which generate intense collector interest in the incredibly rare instances that they appear at auction.

China 1867 Shanghai Tael - With Rays, graded NGC PF 63Plus
China 1867 Shanghai Tael – With Rays, graded NGC PF 63+

Another coin that has drawn exuberant bidding is a China 1867 Shanghai Tael — With Rays, graded NGC PF 63+ (lot 218). Several days before the sale, bidding was more than 25 times its starting price of ¥4,000,000 (about $32,000). This particular coin was struck by the Hong Kong mint and includes both Chinese and British features (including the United Kingdom royal coat of arms). The Chinese government officials rejected the proposed design and nearly all were melted.

Another rare coin in the sale is a China YR29(1903) Tael – Restrike graded NGC MS 63 (lot 219). The coin’s obverse depicts a dragon surrounded by the legend 29TH YEAR OF KUANG HSU and HU POO. Kuang Hsu was the Emperor of China from 1875 to 1908, while Hu Poo refers to the monetary authority in Beijing.

The auction includes several highly prized patterns by Luigi Giorgi, the chief engraver at the Tientsin Mint. One is a China 1914 L&M-859 Silver Dollar graded NGC SP 66 (lot 254) and another is a China 1914 L&M-67 Silver Dollar graded NGC SP 61 (lot 255). The patterns show different views of Yuan Shih-kai, leader of China from 1912 to 1916, along with the letters L.GIORGI at 4 o’clock on the obverse.

In addition to the coins highlighted here, the auction includes rarities from Great Britain, including a Henry VII Sovereign hand-struck in gold, as well as other world rarities. To learn more about the British coins in the sale, click here. To learn more about other world rarities, including a gold coin from German New Guinea and an early Japanese Proof Yen, click here.

Other NGC-certified highlights from China in the sale include:

  • a China YR21(1932) Silver Pattern Dollar graded NGC MS 60 (lot 278) with a starting price of ¥2,000,000 (about $16,000)
  • a China YR12(1923) Small Characters Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 63 (lot 266) with a starting price of ¥1,500,000 (about $12,000)
  • a China 1906 Tael Restrike graded NGC MS 64 (lot 220) with a starting price of ¥800,000 (about $6,300)
  • a China 1906 Tael graded NGC MS 61 (lot 221) with a starting price of ¥500,000 (about $4,000)
  • a China YR3(1914) L. Giorgi Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62 (lot 257) with a starting price of ¥500,000 (about $4,000)
  • a China 1928 Memento Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 65 (lot 247) with a starting price of ¥500,000 (about $4,000)
  • a China 1907 Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 63 (lot 222) with a starting price of ¥300,000 (about $2,400)
  • a China YR12(1923) Large Characters Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62 (lot 267) with a starting price of ¥300,000 (about $2,400)
  • a Hong Kong 1866 Plain Edge Silver Dollar graded NGC PF 64 (lot 580) with a starting price of ¥200,000 (about $1,600)
  • a China YR38(1949) Bamboo Dollar graded NGC AU Details (lot 280) with a starting price of ¥100,000 (about $800)
  • a China 1902 Kirin Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 62 (lot 242) with a starting price of ¥20,000 (about $150)

Starting prices are provided by the auction house. The $ symbol represents US Dollars.

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And again! Will wonders never cease? One hopes not.


Damn Right Antonio, NGC can’t fix this – keep a Stiff Upper Lip


Which is the better, NGC or PCGS? Don’t they do pretty much the same?



Short Answer-

I personally prefer the ICG holders to all others – I think PCGS is likely a shell company of NGC and or Black Rock.


ICG is underrated. It seems like ICG and ANACS grade everything MS-70/PF-70.


Rich, I agree but here is where I see the collusion among Graders- Many elite collectors claim to have a MS and/or Proof (70) Ike Silver Dollar however (correct me if I’m wrong) PCGS won’t grade any above (69) – this automatically gives those NGC elites a product superior to that in which any of us can ever have (according to them) and gives PCGS purpose if nothing more than to tell us our Ike’s will never be better than MS/Proof 69 and the NGC elites will always have better Ike’s than us (70’s). Purest form of fraud and collusion.… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by SENZA

There are literally 10s of thousands PR-70 Ike dollars graded by PCGS.


As I said gman1964 “correct me if I’m wrong” but I have never seen one and I’m not including IKE silver medals made 5 or 10 years ago – for the record

Last edited 10 months ago by SENZA

SENZA, You are correct about PCGS grading of the Mint State (MS) Ike Silver Dollar. Based on the current PCGS Population Report, there are zero graded MS-70,
i.e., Type 1 Silver Mint State MS-70 = 0
PCGS has graded a small amount of Proof (PR) Ike Silver Dollars as PR-70. Based on the current PCGS Population Report, here are the numbers:
Type 2 Silver Proof PR-70 = 1,349
Type 4 Silver Reverse Proof PR-70 = 220

Last edited 10 months ago by Rich

Krabby Cakes!


Thanks Rich,

Love those numbers


Guys, not only can you stack the ICG holders but they put those little indentations on the side that makes them easy to hold onto –

– just imagine if Steve Jobs was really a genius – every iphone would have those indentations and nobody would ever drop their phone


We say Deez Nuts!


I’m not sure, but how about Deez

Last edited 10 months ago by Rich

It’s all good until you get a Death Nut


I think so – it’s that burning sensation they no longer have to worry about


When you get an “oh my” out of me it means I’m laughing too hard to do anything else for at least 30 minutes


Not far from Can Tho.


Right toe, Antonio! Sir Kaiser has made it a 2-for-2 Twofer Thursday. Hopefully SENZA has noticed and will lay upon Sir Kaiser a most deserving award and official commendation.


Were working on it Rich, but we’re under a tremendous amount of pressure


Hmmm, lack of funds? Just a thought. Britain isn’t the great empire it once was. Look at Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain for examples of once great empires now needing funds just to exist.


Hallo and Goedendag, Antonio, don’t forget the Dutch.


The Dutch had an Empire? Oh yeah, I forgot. They only have some Islands in the Caribbean. They’re pretty much autonomous now, like the British Commonwealth of Nations, but Netherlands isn’t poor or dependent on aid. They did loose New Amsterdam to the British, in a sorry state of affairs.




Someone put the wrong blanks in the press. Human error, not deliberate deception.


Kaiser, remember your training – it’s just another worthless piece of tin NGC probably stamped out in it’s US Mint secret dark room and slapped a phony grade onto. The article says NGC is the most trusted in the industry yet the industry makes that false assertion – I SAY NGC IS ONE HUGE COIN MAFIA FRAUD. Now that we cleared that up let’s get onto the important business of honoring our fearless leader who’s once again FIRST ON THREAD undoubtedly by means of the many tools in his arsenal and in recognition of such you are hereby presented the… Read more »


SENZA, it is a little shocking and self-serving to see the claim made that “NGC is the world’s largest and most trusted third-party grading service for coins, tokens and medals.” The most they can truly say is NGC is one of the world’s largest and most trusted third-party grading service for coins, tokens and medals. I’m pretty sure PCGS would see it that way.


Why you Silver Tongued Devil you sure told me…………..


As long as you can feel the words you know it came from me and me only

Footnote: Great Quotes by ME




But that’s the claim on the NGC website. 😛


Speaking of fraud, how about those 5 1913 Liberty Nickels? There are others as well, not to mention the 1804 draped bust silver dollars minted in the 1830s.


And what about the $2 Million Dollar Aluminum Penny Scandal


Or that they were produced in the mint for certain people with deep pockets willing to pay a little extra for a “rare” coin.




It’s a sad day for America as the dimwit-puppet-turd-traitor-murderer Joe Biden asks for $33 Billion dollars to hand over to Putin and Ukraine in another US Government Scripted Ponzi Scheme while the US Government can’t even pay it’s American Heroes whom are owed billions of dollars in unemployment funds the Biden Administration has stolen.


who dey


I think they are Buckeyes Rich


If only I could make you see they are all evil shit-heads we could all get along and work to get rid of all of them


Oh like what’s happening in Ukraine.


That sniper is a damn good shot – thank goodness sleepy joe gave millions of tax payer dollars to John Deere to help out


Russian troops occupying the Ukrainian city of Melitopol stole nearly $5 million of farm vehicles from a John Deere dealership and shipped some of them more than 700 miles to Chechnya, CNN reported, only to find they had been rendered useless by a remote-locking system that prevented the thieves from turning on the equipment.