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Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Recap – Dragon and Phoenix Gold 1,500 Yuan

Stack's Bowers Dragon and Phoenix 1500 Yuan gold

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & CatalogerStacks Bowers ……
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is thrilled to present the results for another exciting large sized Modern Chinese gold commemorative coin that was featured in our August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. This coin, with its iconic Dragon and Phoenix motif realized $114,000 USD. The mythical creatures are locked in a midair ballet, reminiscent of the Yin Yang symbol. In fact, the two creatures symbolize the two complementary halves of the Yin and Yang. The Dragon represents masculinity, power, success and fortune in Chinese culture. The phoenix represents femininity, immortality, longevity and prosperity.

The denomination of 1,500 Yuan is found in between the two massive flying creatures. Technical details of the coin appear in the lower border just below the Dragon: “.999 Au 20 oz.” denoting the metal content.

The reverse design includes the upper Chinese inscription stating: “People’s Republic of China,” and below the design the date of issue, 1990. Between the legends is a breathtaking view of China’s iconic Great Wall, as it winds up a mountainous peak. Built during the Qin Dynasty in the late third century BCE and extensively rebuilt and modified during the Ming Dynasty (14th to 17th centuries CE), the Great Wall served as a bulwark against the northern Mongol tribes and as a tool to control trade. The Great Wall of China has since become an international symbol of power and one of China’s greatest achievements.

Stack's BowersThis rare large format coin comes from a mintage of just 250 pieces (this example is serial number #071).

We are currently accepting consignments of Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for Stack’s Bowers April 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. In addition, we are taking consignments of world and ancient coins as well as world paper money for our October 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction and the January 2018 New York International (NYINC) Auction. Time is running short, so if you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors at 800-458-4646 on the West Coast, 800-566-2580 on the East Coast, or email us at [email protected].

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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 90-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 Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection, and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with galleries in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Vancouver.

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