The “Flying Dragon” Dollar of the Hung-hsien Emperor in Gold

Our April 2024 Hong Kong auction will feature many numismatic treasures from the vintage and modern Chinese series during the highly anticipated Rarities Night session. One such standout is an off-metal strike in gold of the Year 1 (1916) silver Dollar. An “imperial” issue, so styled as it celebrates Yuan Shih-kai’s short-lived bid to revive an empire in China; it is an incredible rarity that is not often encountered. On the cusp of Gem status, graded PCGS SPECIMEN-64+, it features an exceptionally sharp and exacting strike, with cartwheeling luster and die polishing observed in the fields. The gold retains a brassy-olive hue, with only a few subtle carbon spots (near the rear of the dragon). Our first offering of the type since 2015, this remarkable specimen is tied with just two others for the top spot in the PCGS census. It will be just right for the finest and most advanced cabinets dedicated to Chinese numismatics.

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We are always seeking coins, medals, and paper money for our auctions, and are currently accepting consignments for our August 2024 Global Showcase auction and fall Hong Kong auction. Additionally, we are accepting consignments for our Collectors Choice Online (CCO) auctions, the next of which is currently available for viewing and bidding here. We are now accepting consignments for our next CCO auction to be held later in the spring. If you would like to learn more about consigning, whether a singular item or an entire collection, please contact one of our consignment directors today and we will assist you in achieving the best possible return on your material.

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