Lot:219  广东省造七三反版大全套5枚 NGC SP 65


拍品分类 机制银币>地方省造>广东省造>七三反版>七钱三分 品相 NGC SP65
拍品估价 USD 150000 - 200000 成交价 USD 546250
拍卖专场 SBP2010年12月香港-黄华枢专场 拍卖公司 SBP
开拍日期 2010-12-03 17:00:00 结标日期 2010-12-03 21:00:00 拍卖状态 成交
拍品描述 广东省造七三反版大全套5枚 NGC SP 65

CHINA. Kwangtung. Heaton Mint at Birmingham Specimen Set, 1888 (1890). Heaton Mint at Birmingham.L&M-123, 124, 125, 126 & 127; Kann-16, 17, 18, 19 & 20; Sweeny-CN27s, CN28s, CN29s & CN30s (5 cent not listed); Y-194, 195, 196, 197 & 198. 5 pieces in lot. Includes: 7 Mace 3 Candareens (Dollar), 3 Mace 6 1/2 Candareens (50 Cents), 1 Mace 4 3/5 Candareens (20 Cents), 7 3/10 Candareens (10 Cents) and 3.65 Candareens (5 Cents).

Authorization to establish the Kwangtung mint was granted in 1887, implemented by Viceroy Chang Chi-tung. In order to modernize the mint, minting machinery, dies, hubs and other equipment were ordered from the Heaton Mint at Birmingham. Upon their arrival in 1888, Kwangtung became the first mint in China to use modern minting machinery and was at this time the largest mint in the world. Patterns for the first coins were designed by Allan Wyon in the denominations of 1 Dollar, 50 Cents, 20 Cents and 10 Cents. The first Heaton Patterns were later delivered to the Chinese ambassador in London. For some reason the initial order did not include the 5 Cents which were struck later at the Kwangtung mint. The 1 Dollar, 50 Cents, 20 Cents and 10 Cents are clearly proof or special specimens and superior in quality to the 5 Cent. Past collections such as the famous “Irving Goodman” collection support this, as that set did not include the 5 cents.

This series is referred to by numismatists as the “Seven Three Reversed Pattern”, the term “Seven Three” directly relates to the silver content. The term “Reversed Pattern” refers to the English and Chinese legends which are reversed from what later became standard. Initially Kwangtung introduced the first coinage with a higher silver value with the intention of replacing foreign coins circulating within China. The standard of 7 Mace 2 Candareens was raised to 7 Mace 3 Candareens in order to gain public acceptance and replace the Mexican 8 reales. Soon after its release they were being melted down to retrieve the excess silver content.

This set is extremely historically significant as it is the first modern machine struck silver coins of China. Represented here is the first use of what became the “standard design” for provincial mints bearing the effigy of a facing dragon. This set served as the standard pattern, not only for the Kwangtung mint, but for all the mints in China that adopted the dragon design.

EXTREMELY RARE and without question, one of the highlights of this and any collection. Over all the set is nicely toned and evenly matched throughout. Grades are as follows:
7 Mace 3 Candareens (Dollar) NGC SP65
3 Mace 6 1/2 Candareens (50 Cents) NGC SP65
1 Mace 4 3/5 Candareens (20 Cents) NGC SP65
7 3/10 Candareens (10 Cents) NGC SP64
3.65 Candareens (5 Cents) NGC MS63
Wa She Wong Collection