Lot:70010  袁世凯像洪宪纪元拾圆飞龙签字 NGC AU 58


拍品分类 机制金币>民国中央>袁世凯像>洪宪纪元>拾圆>飞龙签字 品相 NGC AU58
拍品估价 USD 100000 - 150000 成交价 USD 203150
拍卖专场 SBP2011年8月香港-古钱 金银锭 机制币 拍卖公司 SBP
开拍日期 2011-08-22 09:00:00 结标日期 2011-08-23 19:00:00 拍卖状态 成交
拍品描述 袁世凯像洪宪纪元拾圆飞龙签字 NGC AU 58

CHINA. 10 Dollars Pattern Signed "L. GIORGI", Year 1 (1916). Tientsin Mint.Fr-unlisted; L&M-1028; K-unlisted; KM-unlisted; Hsu-unlisted; Wenchao-unlisted. Struck to commemorate the ascension of Yuan Shih-kai to Emperor Hung Hsien. EXTREMELY RARE type with the signature of "L. GIORGI".

Although is documented that two types were struck of the Yuan Shih-kai 10 Dollars dated 1916, very few numismatists have ever had the opportunity to actually view both types. This includes Eduard Kann, Dr. Giuseppe Ros and Tracey Woodward, all of whom discuss the production of such coins, yet could not confirm the existence of a second type.

Tracey Woodward stated "A second coin was struck under the very close observation of the mint governor, and only very few pieces were made; they were all sent to Peking, accompanied by the dies which, I am informed, were destroyed there."

Dr. Giuseppe Ros published in 1917 a similar testimonial in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society "At the Tientsin mint a die for a gold coin of the value of 10 Dollars, dated: The beginning (of the) HUNG HSIEN period has been engraved, and from it only a limited number of piece was struck under the strict watch from the mint director for presentation to His Majesty. I am told that the die was afterwards sent to Peking, without even a sample of the piece having been kept at the mint."

Eduard Kann cited both Woodward and Ros, mentioning the possibility of this second (or perhaps even first) type existing, calling it "impossible to describe here, or to record its existence." However, Kann does note that very small quantities must have been produced, for the sole purpose of being presented to Yuan Shih-kai and his immediate circle for approval. Having never seen the second type, Kann speculates that the Yuan Shih-kai 5 Dollar Dragon reverse may be the coin that Dr. Giuseppe Ros referred to, however was unable to describe. Clearly this is not the case as the existence of this coin proves.

It is interesting to note the similarity in fabric to the Yuan Shih-kai Pattern Dollars of 1914 (L&M-72 & 73). While the normal "unsigned" type has a brilliant finish, the type bearing the signature of L. GIORGI is somewhat of a matte brushed finish, consistent of a product intended for presentation purposes.

EXTREMELY RARE and of great historical significance as this pattern issue was struck for presentation to Yuan Shih-kai.NGC AU-58.

Ex: King Farouk of Egypt Collection, "The Palace Collections of Egypt," Sotheby & Co. London Auction conducted at Koubbeh Palace. Cairo Egypt, February-March 1954, part of lot# 1344.Ex: Winter Collection, Stacks January-February 1974 Auction, lot# 74.Ex: Chin Family Collection.