By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist and Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers Galleries ……
Today, Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Ponterio would like to focus on the special offering of 19th-century Annamese silver coinage in the Spring Hong Kong Auction featuring The Nguyễn Dynasty Collection. Assembled over many decades, the primary focus of this cabinet was quality and rarity with an emphasis on diversity. Representative pieces from this vast and sophisticated field of numismatics, from nearly every series struck during the 19th century, are present.
Though incomplete, this massive selection covers a wide array of subjects and themes that hold special meanings throughout many Asian cultures. Typically crude in manufacture, the charm of these issues is accentuated by their auspicious nature. Many feature inscriptions or iconography inspired by religion, myth, or astrology, while others were produced with the intent to instill pride and unity.
These are just a few of the many different types and issues that hold significant meaning contained in this collection. For a complete listing of The Nguyễn Dynasty Collection, as well as the other Annamese items in the sale, please visit www.stacksbowers.com.