By Champion Auctions ……
On August 20, Champion Auctions will feature rare Chinese coins from the collection of French collector Charles E. Tanant at their latest Hong Kong auction. The sale will take place at the Hyatt Regency at 18 Hanoi Road.
Tanant, a former official at the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service, assembled his collection over the course of his 36-year career. It was during this time that Tanant assembled an excellent grouping of Chinese provincial coins from the late Imperial era as well as a number of pieces from the Republican period. These coins have been kept off of the market for more than 90 years; many were personal gifts from Tanant’s Customs Service colleagues.
According to Champion Auctions’ president Michael Chou, many of Tanant’s pieces are in the highest level of preservation. Chou’s opinion is backed by the graders at PCGS and NGC.
Below are some of the Hong Kong auction highlights.
- CHINA-KIANGNAN ND 1898 10 Cents Silver, Reeded Edge, L&M213B, Y142, K69, PCGS MS65. Charles Tanant Collection. Estimate: US $1,000-2,000
- CHINA-KIANGNAN 1898 10 Cents Silver, Encircled Dragon, L&M221a, Y142.1, PCGS MS64. Charles Tanant Collection. Estimate: $3,000-6,000
- CHINA-SZECHUAN 1902-11 One Rupee Silver, Without Collar and Vertical Rosette, L&M360, PCGS MS65+. Charles Tanant Collection.
- CHINA-KIRIN ND 1903 20 Cash Copper, large characters, Y178, CCC486, NGC MS62BN. Charles Tanant Collection. Estimate: $3,000-6,000
- CHINA-FENGTIEN 1905 20 Cash Copper, Y11g, CCC339, NGC MS62BN. Charles Tanant Collection. Estimate: $1,000-2,000
- CHINA-EMPIRE 1909 20 Cash Copper, Piedfort, CCC621, NGC AU58BN. Charles Tanant Collection. Estimate: $300-600
- CHINA-TAIWAN 1853 Bi Pao Military Ration Dollar Silver, with Chopmarks, Mintmark “Ku”, L&M325, NGC VF Details. J.C.Lee Collection. Estimate: $5,000-10,000
- CHINA-EMPIRE 1911 50 Cents Silver, NGC XF Details. J.C.Lee Collection. Estimate: $1,000-2,000
Collectors interested in reviewing the lot offerings can do so on Champion Auction’s website (www.cghka.com) and can direct any queries to Michael Chou at championghka.@gmail.com. Or Click here to Register and Bid on LiveAuctioneers