On December 3, 2016 at noon Macau time (December 2, 11:00 EST), Champion Auctions will hold an auction of important Chinese and Asian coins, led by selections from the NC and the Charles Tenant collections.
The NC Collection was assembled in earnest over the course of 30 years, beginning in the 1970s and includes a number of important rarities, including the first Chinese Coin to exceed $10,000 at auction, the Heaton Archive Hunan Dollar (NGC SP67). This piece brought $15,500 USD at a Paramount sale in 1975.
In addition, the collection includes the 1884 Kirin Pattern set of Spelter Uniface Strikings, which formerly belonged in the Woodward and Kann collections.
Also worthy of note, Lot 163, the Fukien (1844) Changchow Silver Military Ration (年福建漳州軍餉,朱簽版), in NGC AU Details and Lot 220, the Taiwan (1853) Ju-I Military Ration with crossed lotus (年臺灣如意軍餉), also in NGC AU Details. Both pieces carry a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $40,000.
The NC Collection was graded, in its entirety, by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and so impressed NGC Chairman Mark Salzberg, that he said it would take “many years before another Chinese collection of this overall rarity and quality… come[s] up in the marketplace.”
Also on offer are selections from the collection of French collector Charles E. Tanant. 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 collection 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.
One of the Tanant highlights is Lot 005, the Anhwei 50 cents silver coin (年(光緒二十四年)安徽省造光緒元寶庫平三錢六分銀幣) of 1898. This piece was graded PCGS MS64 by PCGS and has a pleasing original appearance. Pre-sale estimate is between $20,000 and $40,000. Also of note, is Lot 047, a blazing red Hunan (1915) 10 Cash Copper (年湖南省造洪憲元年當十銅元). PCGS gave this coin MS66RD. The coin is so fresh that it appears as if it was struck last year, not more than on hundred years ago. Champion’s pre-sale estimate is $500 to $1,000. This coin might be a bargain at that price.
Beyond these important selection are a number of major and minor 19th- and 20th-century Chinese coins and an assortment of modern issues, including certified silver and gold coins from China and Japan.
Collectors interested in reviewing the lot offerings can do so on Champion Auction’s website (www.cghka.com) and can direct any queries to championghka.@gmail.com. Or Click here to Register and Bid on LiveAuctioneers