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安徽省造光绪23年七钱二分黄铜 PCGS SP 63
光绪二十三年安徽省造七钱二分铜样币。极罕的安徽造币厂首枚银币铜样，一般称之为样币或试作币。明显是为送样而特别制作的。字面部分，英文字母"T.A.S.C"于珠圈内以顺时针方向排列规整，意为"安徽省造大清银币（Anhwei silver coin of the Great Qing）。币面细节清晰锐利，原始色泽略带斑驳黄铜包浆。早期许多藏家对此币仍有未解之处，于众多经典集藏如耿爱德、古德曼、黄华枢及诺曼中亦从缺。其历史价值及罕见程度，足以令所有藏家大为讚歎，如今正是绝佳机会收入囊中，定会为集藏添光溢彩。
光绪二十八年(1902)再度设厂，但只生产铜元。安省龙银除却于德国所铸的样币外，都是初次建厂时所造。2012年，随著对当时的生产工具有新发现，亦为此币带来新的亮点。这些发现包括样币、模具、二元模及一系列来自德国Otto Beh公司的存档制模冲头。在此之前，原始模具用于安徽（此枚）、浙江、奉天、黑龙江和新疆的币制生产仅是猜测。Otto Beh为封蜡及模具的生产专家。到目前为止，已知打样的有银币、银铜币、黄铜币和铝币，但Beh生产的样币不止这些。其模具数量和种类远远超过已知的样币。1895年，路易斯-舒勒（Louis Schuler）从附近格平根（Goppingen）收到了压铸机的订单，并委託奥托-拜赫（Otto Beh）制造模具。在1897年和1898年，Beh为Schuler提供了200多个用于中国硬币的模具，这是当时该公司接到的最大的订单。1839年，舒勒的商店开业，后来发展成为世界上领先的金属成型企业之一，并为上述所提及的造币厂提供了铸币设备。
CHINA. Anhwei. Brass 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar) Pattern, Year 23 (1897). PCGS MS-63 Gold Shield. cf. L&M-192A (metal not listed), K-unlisted; cf. KM-Pn1 (metal not listed); cf. KM-Y-45.1 (metal not listed); cf. H. Chang-CH43 (metal not listed); Chang Foundation-pg.140 #64; Wenchao-pg.718 #1145, cf.WS-1067 (metal not listed), cf. Hao-I-5-02. T.A.S.C. (often written as "A.S.T.C" for those reading lines from left to right).
This EXTREMELY RARE brass pattern is for the first Dollar of the Anhwei Mint and can best be described as a specimen or essay; it is clearly of special manufacture intended for presentation purposes. On the character side, the English letters "T. A. S. C." are neatly placed in a clockwise manner within the beaded circle. Wenchao suggests it is an abbreviation of "TATSING AN-HWEI SILVER COIN", meaning "Anhwei silver coin of the Great Qing". This piece exhibits a complete strike with all raised designs displaying sharpness that leaves nothing to the imagination. While strong reflective quality still exists in the fields, the pleasing original skin has slightly subdued some of its vibrancy, with traces of mottled brassy tone here and there. This issue (silver, brass or otherwise) remained unknown to most early catalogers and was missing from major collections such as Eduard Kann, Irving Goodman, Wa She Wong and Norman Jacobs. Of the highest importance and utmost rarity, this discovery piece, previously known only by the Chang Foundation/Wenchao Specimen, is sure to excite all levels of collectors from the novice to the connoisseur. Truly, a coin that is destined to become a centerpiece in its new owners collection, as opportunities to acquire such an elite rarity are few and far between.
The Anhwei Mint, formerly located in the city of Anking, was originally founded in the 23rd year of Kuang Hsu (1897). Initially this mint was established for the purpose of producing local silver coinage with the intent to replace the then-popular Carolus 8 Reales; clearly, this goal was not achieved as 8 Reales remained in circulation well into the 20th century. While Edward Kann was conducting research for his masterpiece, Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins, he was unable to locate mint records for the Anhwei Mint. Today, the silver coinage from this province generally remains scarce to rare, suggesting rather small mintages. This short-lived mint produced coinage for approximately two years before coining operations ceased and the mint was dismantled. Perhaps the reason for the short-lived nature of the mint was the lower purity metallic content of its silver emissions. Coinage from this province was not widely accepted by neighboring provinces as it was found to be lower purity silver than the products of other mints. This is perhaps the reason that silver issues from this mint are often found with many chopmarks.
After the mint was dismantled, a new mint in Anhwei was established in the 28th year of Kuang Hsu (1902); however, its activities were limited to the production of copper coinage. With the exception of the patterns which were struck in Germany, production of all Anhwei silver coinage occurred at the first mint in Anking. The 2012 discovery of production material shed new light on the creation of this coinage. The findings included patterns, dies, hubs and a series of punches from the archives of the Otto Beh Company of Esslingen, Germany, specialists in the production of seals and dies. Before this, the origins of the dies used to produce coinage for the provinces of Anhwei (such as the present piece), Chekiang, Fengtien, Heilungkiang and Sungarei were only speculated upon. To date, patterns are known struck in silver, silvered-brass, brass and aluminum, but this does not include samples of everything that Beh produced, as the number and variety of dies far outnumber the known patterns. From neighboring Goppingen, Louis Schuler received an order for coining presses in 1895 and commissioned Otto Beh to manufacture the dies. In 1897 and 1898, Beh supplied Schuler with over 200 dies for Chinese coins.
At the time, this was the largest order that the company had ever received. Schuler, which started as a Locksmiths shop in 1839, had grown to become one of the worlds leaders in metal forming and in fact supplied the aforementioned mints with coining presses. We have offered several variations of the Dollar patterns from this series including a version of this pattern struck in silver listed in our Ponterio & Associates NYINC Auction January 7, 2011 Lot # 827 (hammering down at an impressive $280,000 plus buyers fee) and a silvered brass pattern version in our Stacks Bowers & Ponterio Hong Kong Auction April 2, 2013 as lot # 21217 (unsold).
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