Category Archives: Chinese Coin Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Realize Over $11.5 Million in October Hong Kong Auction

Auction firm Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio continues to deliver world-class sales of quality numismatic material and realize impressive prices, regardless of the challenging and unprecedented circumstances of the year 2020. The firm’s incredible Hong Kong series of auctions clearly demonstrates the firm’s success, as their colossal 10th-anniversary auction in May 2020 shot past expectations and […]

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Hong Kong Auction to Feature Pavilion Dollars, Rare Ta-Ching Banknote

The Mysterious ‘Pavilion Dollars’ of 1921 By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… As interaction increased between the western world and the late Imperial/early Republican China, a yearning to modernize Chinese medicine and healthcare caused an influx of both scholarship and funding by the Rockefeller Foundation. Roger Sherman Greene II served […]

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Legendary Chinese “Long-Whisker” Pattern Dollar at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… There are many highlights and exceptional rarities in the Stack’s Bowers upcoming October Hong Kong auction. But principal among them is a fabled “long-whisker” pattern dollar designed by Luigi Giorgi, the accomplished head of the central mint at Tientsin during the closing years […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Present Record-Setting Hong Kong Sale in October

Venerable coin firm Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio is pleased to announce their fall Hong Kong auction comprising seven sessions over five days, split between live and online portions. This sale stands as the firm’s largest Hong Kong offering to date with respect to total lots, with over 4,600 lots of coins, medals, and currency, mostly […]

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The 1898 Chihli Dollar — A Monumental Gem With a Monumental Pedigree

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… While the massive collection formed by the legendary Eduard Kann stands as a pinnacle of Chinese numismatics, other impressive collections were also formed by numismatists intrigued by their stays in China. One such collection was that of General Miles Stanley Newton of the United […]

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Heaton Mint Coin From Kiangnan Highlighting Stack’s Bowers’ Hong Kong Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Late in the 19th century, China began to modernize its coining system, moving away from the cast “cash” coinage that had been standard for over two millennia and toward a denominated rubric more in line with the western world. Various provincial mints began striking […]

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Spring Dollar Rare Chinese Coin Realizes $660,000 at Heritage Sale

A China 1910 Yunnan Silver Dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) realized an outstanding $660,000 USD at a Heritage Auctions sale on June 12, 2020. This is one of the highest prices ever paid for any Chinese coin. Commonly referred to as a “Spring Dollar”, this is one of the greatest rarities in Chinese […]

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Missing Blank Space Makes Chinese Peacock Coin Worth Over $100,000

The modern Chinese Peacock series of coins is always popular with collectors. But despite these coins’ popularity and beauty, you can usually purchase a high-grade 1993 Peacock 150 Yuan for under $10,000 USD or even under $5,000. Heritage Auctions will be selling a very special piece that will likely sell for more than 10 times […]

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Spring Dollar, Rare Asian Coins to Shine at Heritage Auctions Event

In the realm of Asian pedigrees, few rival the Dr. Norman Jacobs collection of Asian coins. As many collectors recall, Jacobs’ collection brought forth such legendary coins such as the finest known example of the Ex. Jacobs’ Hsüan-t’ung Spring Dollar. The coveted piece finds its way to auction once again exclusively in Heritage Auctions’ two-day […]

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Over $13,000,000 in Coins and Banknotes Sold at Stack’s Bowers Ponterio’s 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce the results from their recently concluded May Hong Kong auction. Total prices realized for this monumental 10th anniversary sale were $13,207,382 USD, but that only tells part of the story. The sale had been rescheduled from its original date in March and was put in jeopardy of […]

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Off-Metal Pattern Coins in the Early Chinese Republic

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following over two millennia of highly standardized and predictable currency in the form of cash, Chinese coins began a period of experimentation in the early part of the 20th century. The rather simplistic cast, holed coinage offering a few characters and possibly a mint […]

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The MBMY Collection—Chinese Pattern Coins (and More!) for the Connoisseur

Chinese Pattern Coins by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Our monumental 10th Anniversary Hong Kong auction, marking a decade of important offerings in Asia by Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, presents a tremendous array of exceptional and eclectic rarities — Chinese-specific as well as other interesting pieces from around the region. […]

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The 1989 Dragon and Phoenix Pattern Coins—A Timeless Pairing With a Modern Flair

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Animal iconography has long played an important role in Chinese art, with the fauna associated with the Lunar New Year being just one aspect. While the dragon—one of the most iconic images associated with Chinese culture—is a part of this lunar cycle, another—the phoenix—is […]

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The Chinese Boxer Rebellion and its Numismatic Ramifications

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following the Sino-Japanese War of 1895, western influence increased within China (both in terms of trade and an influx of European and American nationals). Similarly, anti-western sentiments among the native Chinese populace began to increase. One aspect that left many bewildered was the great […]

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Heritage Hong Kong Coin, Currency Signature Auctions Realize Over $5.5 Million

Szechuan Pattern Set Eclipses $1 Million   Chinese Coin Highlights A spectacular double pattern set of Szechuan coinage, made by the Ferracute factory in New Jersey, was the unquestioned highlight of Heritage’s December 5-6 auction of world and ancient coins in Hong Kong. Overall, the auction of world and ancient coins realized over $3.8 million […]

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NGC-Certified 1897 Szechuan Ferracute Pattern Set Realizes $1,020,000 at Auction

An 1897 Szechuan Ferracute Pattern Set certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized $1,020,000 USD at auction, an impressive figure that reflects the set’s extreme rarity and numismatic importance. The 10 silver and brass coins in the set were sold as a single lot in the Heritage Auctions Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) World […]

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Spectacular Items and Important Collections in Heritage Hong Kong Auction

Heritage’s Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair Auction, taking place December 5-6, includes both individually spectacular items as well as important collections which will serve as a point of reference for a worldwide audience of collectors for many years to come. Below you will find just a small sampling of what awaits. Headlining the auction is […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Coin, Paper Money Auction August 19-22

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is excited to present their August Hong Kong Coin and Paper Money auction, August 19-22 in conjunction with the Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS). This comprehensive sale features numerous Pan-Asian rarities and highlights comprising over 3,500 lots of coins, paper money, tokens, and medals. Figuring prominently in the coin sessions are many […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio to Present Chinese Coins From the Famed Charles E. Tanant Collection

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 […]

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Heritage Hong Kong Auctions Total More Than $5.7 Million

Rare Chinese coinage led the way as Heritage Hong Kong Auctions June 26-28 Signature Sales in Hong Kong realized in excess of $5.7 million overall. Auctions of both World Currency and World and Ancient Coins were held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The auction […]

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Heritage June Hong Kong Auction of Ancient and World Coins Opens for Bidding Soon

Heritage presents another assortment of coins in the first of our two annual Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair auctions, this one scheduled for June 28 in Hong Kong (June 27 in the US). As collector interest grows in tandem with the expanding economies of Asia, we continue to witness the inclusion of ever more fantastic […]

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A World of Money – Extremely Rare 2nd Variety “Reversed Legends” Pattern Kwangtung 50 Cents Coin

By Heritage Auctions …… In 1889 a new mint was opened in Kwangtung. A series of 5 coins were struck: 3.65 Candareens (5 Cents), 7-3/10 Candareens (10 Cents), 1 Mace 4-3/5 Candareens (20 Cents), 3 Mace 6-1/2 Candareens (50 Cents), and 7 Mace 3 Candareens. These pieces were struck, and entered into circulation, to replace […]

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Heritage: Coins of Asia Offered in December Hong Kong Auction

It is with much pride and excitement that we present our December 6-7 2018 Hong Kong Auction of World Coins, an event sure to be the highlight of the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair. Close to 1,000 numismatic delicacies have been meticulously curated for your enjoyment. From Imperial China we have a Kuang-hsu era trio […]

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L. Giorgi Tall Hat Dollar, Thailand 1951 Garuda Gold Coin Among Highlights at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stacks Bowers …… Appealing “L. Giorgi” signed Yuan Shih-kai in Tall Hat Dollar This preview for the August Hong Kong Showcase Auction features a terrific vintage Chinese coin from the Republic era. This elegant coin displays a front-view portrait of Yuan Shih-kai in full military regalia. His jacket […]

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Heritage Hong Kong Auction Set to Open

Throughout the last year we have been thrilled to see sustained and growing interest in ancient and world coins, especially pronounced in the Asian market, which continues to show impressive results time and again. Our December Hong Kong auction alone demonstrated a 50%+ sales increase from the prior event in June of 2017. These results […]

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Rare Chinese Coin Pattern Highlights from Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers …… Chinese Coin Pattern: An Amazing “Fang Kong” Pattern 10 Cash This week’s first highlight from the Q. David Bowers/R.B. White Collection of Chinese Copper Coins is the amazing An-hui “Fang Kong” coin pattern 10 Cash. Struck in the style of the earlier square-hole type […]

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Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Auction

By Richard Ponterio – Executive Vice President, Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Auction ……   Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April 2018 Hong Kong Auction Showcase Auction! I am pleased to present our latest auction catalog. The dedicated staff at Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio toiled for months to prepare this sale, which […]

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Incredible “L. Giorgi” Pattern 10 Cash at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction of Chinese Coins

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers ……   This week’s Hong Kong Auction highlight from the Q. David Bowers/R.B. White collection of Chinese Copper coins is Lot 40299, an incredible pattern 10 Cash, undated (ca. 1914) and signed by the prolific die engraver and head of the Tientsin Mint, Luigi Giorgi. […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Sale Features Bowers’ Chinese Coins in Copper

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Coins in Copper. This offering, presented in a stand-alone catalog, will be held Monday, April 2 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The collection is […]

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Superb Gem Yuan Shih-kai in Tall Hat Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …… With the closing of our inaugural auction of 2018, the New York International (NYINC), we begin looking ahead to the exciting calendar of auctions slated for this year. The next world coin auction is our Showcase Hong Kong Auction to be held April 2-4. Our first […]

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No Buyer’s Commission for Hong Kong Champion Auction 22nd Anniversary Sale

See Us at FUN January 3-6 at Table 512 and NYINC January 11-14, Table 1802 By Champion Auction …… Champion Auction’s 22nd Anniversary auction is scheduled to be held March 4, 2018; the consignment deadline is February 21,2018. NO BUYERS COMMISSION Champion Auction, Hong Kong’s longest independent auction house, is celebrating its 22nd anniversary with […]

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Heritage Hong Kong Auction of World Coin and Currency Event Surpasses $5.4 million

Heritage Hong Kong Auction – Immaculate Chinese strikes command six-figures; rare 1953 10 Yuan note tops currency offerings December 6-8 Setting a house record as the highest-grossing World Coins and Currency auctions held in Hong Kong, Heritage Hong Kong Auction December 6-8 event realized $5,484,035 USD, as collectors sought out Chinese proof coins and 19th-century dollars in […]

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Strong Prices for Chinese Coin Rarities: Champion Hong Kong Auction 2017 Results Breakdown

By CoinWeek …. Champion Auctions recently held its Summer Hong Kong Auction on August 20. The company, headed by Michael Chou, sold 455 out of the 526 lots of rare and collectible coins, including many rarities and collectible coins from China, Asia, Europe, and the U.S., for a percentage realized of 86.5%. Many of the […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, World Coins & Paper Money Realizes $4.26 Million

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins and Paper Money. Once again the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from around the globe. In addition to the excellent auction sessions, the week was […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, World Coins & Paper Money Realizes $4.26 Million

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins and Paper Money. Once again the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from around the globe. In addition to the excellent auction sessions, the week was […]

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Champion Auctions: 2017 Champion Auction: Lots You Need to Know

  On August 20, Champion Auctions will offer more than 500 lots of rare and collectible coins from Asia, Europe, and the United States.  Many pieces come from the Charles E. Tanant Collection, a former French official at the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service. Over his almost four-decade-long career, Tanant collected Imperial provincial and early Republic coins. […]

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Highlights from the August Champion Hong Kong Auction

By Champion Auctions …… On August 20, Champion Auctions will feature rare Chinese coins from the collection of French collector Charles E. Tanant at their latest auction in Hong Kong. The sale will take place at the Hyatt Regency at 18 Hanoi Road. Tanant, a former official at the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service, assembled […]

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20th Century Rarities Claim Top Honors in Heritage $4.1 Million Hong Kong World Coin Auction

1914 Republic Yuan Shih-kai silver dollar brings $77,675; 1953 Peoples Republic of China 10 Yuan Pick 870 Note sold for $47,800 A 1914 Republic Yuan Shih-kai Silver “L. Giorgi” Pattern Specimen Dollar SP65 PCGS, took top lot honors at $77,675 USD in Heritage Auctions’ inaugural Asian Coins and Currency Auctions held June 21-23 in Hong […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio April World & Chinese Coins & Paper Money Hong Kong Auction Brings Over $5.8 Million

  Latest Hong Kong auction shows strength in market for Chinese coins… April is always an exciting time in Kowloon, Hong Kong, as hundreds of coin and paper money dealers, collectors and enthusiasts gather for a week of world class auctions and the fastest growing coin and paper money show. This past week Stack’s Bowers […]

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Highlights from the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday April 3 through Wednesday April 5 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Session B will commence at 11:00 AM Hong Kong […]

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Heritage: Hong Kong Auction Open for Bidding

Our third semi-annual Hong Kong World Coins Signature Auction, scheduled for December 8-9, is open for bidding at HA.com! It has been only one year since we held our first auction in Hong Kong, and yet we have already made great strides in building our presence in the Chinese and East Asian Market. This current […]

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Champion Summer Hong Kong Auction Attracts Top Bidders, Record Prices for Chinese Coins

By Champion Auction …… Champion Auction is the only Asian Auction house which holds auction lot viewing in the US, Taipei, Shanghai, and Hong Kong/Macau area. This policy allows our bidders to bid by phone and online to support a strong floor turnout, which leads to the top auction prices. Champion is also the oldest […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, World Coins and Paper Money Brings over $4.1 Million

August is always an exciting time in Kowloon, Hong Kong, as hundreds of coin and paper money dealers, collectors and enthusiasts gather for a week of world class auctions. This past week was no exception as Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio brought their annual sale to the Mira Hotel attracting spirited bidders from throughout the world. […]

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Howard Franklin Bowker Benefit Auction and Champion Liveauctioneers Auction

By Champion Auction  …… We are very excited to offer selections from the Howard Franklin Bowker East Asian Collection. Many of the Bowker coins are in the top level of preservation and with excellent eye appeal. This is a great opportunity to add these coins to a Chinese collection. A few of the most important […]

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Important Selections from Bowker East Asian Coin Collection Offered by Champion Auctions

By CoinWeek ….. On August 23, Champion Auctions will hold an auction of important Chinese and East Asian coins at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong. Bidders can also register and participate online at Liveauctioneers or through Champion Auction’s website, www.cghka.com. Highlights from the sale include an 1896 Chihli Province dollar Triangle Variety NGC MS 63; […]

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Stack’s Bowers World Coin Auctions – Hupeh Tael with Large Characters

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers …… This preview for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction features a lovely Hupeh Tael, a perennially popular issue. The Hupeh Tael was part of a projected coinage reform based on the traditional Chinese weight standard rather than the dollar system. […]

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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% An 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, […]

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World Coins – Rare Chinese Coinage Highlights $3.6 Million Hong Kong Auction Results

Rarities from mainland China highlighted the results as our second Hong Kong numismatic auction event brought its consignors close to US$3.6 million. Held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair on June 22-24, our rare coin auction, focusing on issues from eastern Asia, brought its consignors over $2.8 million, with world currency (also […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio April Hong Kong Sale to Feature Many Rarities

  Bank of China 1 Dollar, 1909 Banknote & Kwangtung. 3 Mace 6 ½ Candareens Coin Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held April 5 through April 8 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, […]

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Top 10 Auction Results: Vente 122

The numismatists at Jean ELSEN & ses Fils s.a. of Brussels report to CoinWeek that they have just completed a successful sale of world and ancient coins from their Auction 122 catalog. Leading the way was a gold aureus from 3rd century Lyon, which more than tripled pre-auction estimates. A Chinese Republic pattern dollar also brought […]

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