Formed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Charles E. Tanant Collection contained some of the finest preserved Chinese rarities to ever enter the marketplace. While serving as an official in the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service, Tanant received many of the pieces in his collection as gifts from colleagues during the late Empire and into the early Republic. Held privately for more than 90 years, a large segment of the Tanant Collection was sold by Champion Auction Hong Kong in 2017 and 2018. Some of the most-select pieces, however, will also be presented in our upcoming Hong Kong auction which will take place from August 19-22, 2019.
Focusing intensely upon provincial coppers, our offerings of over 180 lots from the Tanant Collection are sure to pique the interest of those seeking pieces of exceptional quality from countless mints, such as those from Chekiang and Hupeh. A highly pleasing array of Republican 10 Cash issues will certainly entice the specialist, while the balance of specimens is rounded out by some charming subsidiary silver pieces from around the Empire.
Listed below are some of the highlights from this monumental collection, sure to garner spirited bidding in this hotly active market.
- Lot 51016: CHINA. Chekiang. 20 Cash, ND (1903-04). NGC MS-61 Brown.
- Lot 51022: CHINA. Chekiang. 10 Cash, ND (1903-06). NGC MS-67.
- Lot 51038: CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang Arsenal). 7.2 Candareens (10 Cents), Year 23 (1897). NGC AU-58.
- Lot 51104: CHINA. Fengtien. 3 Mace 6 Candareens (50 Cents), Year 24 (1898). NGC MS-61.
- Lot 51106: CHINA. Fengtien. 1 Mace 4.4 Candareens (20 Cents), Year 24 (1898). NGC MS-64.
- Lot 51140: CHINA. Hunan. 10 Cash, Year 1 (1915). NGC MS-66 Red.
- Lot 51432: CHINA. Szechuan-Tibet. Rupee, ND (1902-11). NGC MS-65+.
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About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer, and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.