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Chinese Coins – 1889 Pattern Dollar Leads Heritage HK Auction

Rare patterns and modern Chinese Coins and bullion star as total sales soar by 30%

chinese coins - 1889 Kwangtung Empire Specimen Pattern Dollar SP64+ Brown PCGS. Image courtesy Heritage AuctionsAn elegantly-preserved 1889 Kwangtung Empire Specimen Pattern Dollar SP64+ Brown PCGS commanded US$150,000 in Heritage Auctions Hong Kong’s $3.58+ million joint World & Ancient Coins and Currency Signature Auctions®, held June 22-24, 2016 at the Mira Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The $150,000 price realized for the Kwangtung Dollar is one of the highest prices paid for any Chinese copper coin, regardless of year or denomination.

Modern Chinese coins also faired very well, with prices considerably stronger than they had been in previous auctions with any firm. The top modern sale was a 1979 People’s Republic “Year of the Child” Proof Piefort Set containing a 35-yuan silver coin and a 450-yuan gold coin, which realized an impressive $143,400. The two proofs in the set are exceedingly rare, with a mintage of 2,000 for the silver piece and 500 for the gold piece.

The event proved to be a success, with total sales approximately 30% higher than the December 2015 Hong Kong auctions. Moreover, over 340 more lots were sold across the two events, boasting a sell-through rate of 96%.

“Our auction exceeded our most optimistic expectations,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Heritage’s Executive Vice President of International Numismatics. “Several agents and bidders commented on their inability to win lots in the auction as prices were ‘way too high.’ Of course we are always thrilled for our consigners to hear such feedback!”

An exceptionally-scarce 1907 High Relief Double Eagle MS66 NGC led the continental numismatic sales, realizing $59,750. In addition, one of the rarest modern Chinese gold coins enticed. A 1993 People’s Republic Gold Panda Proof 500 Yuan PR69 Ultra Cameo NGC, one of just 100 produced, sold for $45,410, over $15,000 more than its upper estimate.

In the accompanying World Currency Signature Auction, a coveted 1909 Kwangsi Bank $5 Note realized $71,700. As one of the most storied notes in Chinese currency, interest was high and bidding was lively. A striking 1874 Straights Settlements $100 Bank Proof, PMG Choice Uncirculated 63 also starred, selling for $28,680.

Further highlights include, but are not limited to:


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Heritage Auction Galleries is one of the world's largest collectibles auctioneers. Besides offering rare and valuable U.S. and world coins and currency, Heritage offers ancient coins, exonumia, antiques, comic books, sports memorabilia, and many other collectibles. The firm is based in Dallas, Texas.

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