Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 46

The Millennia Collection

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Lot 884
China - Fukien Province (Changchow). Ration Silver Dollar, ND (1840-1860). K-5. 22.40 grams. Four characters across "Changchow Commissiariat." Below signature of a general or the weight. Reverse: Four characters "pure pattern, generally current." Toned, as struck with prooflike surfaces. Extremely Rare, more so without chopmarks. NGC graded MS-63.

Fukien, more commonly called Fujian today, is located in southeast China right across the Taiwan Strait from Taiwan. Because of the mountainous landscape, Fujian escaped the overpopulation and deforestation of the north. In fact, railroads were not built until the 1950's in the province. Today, many have migrated to the area, and there is a vibrant economy flourishing.
Estimated Value $8,000 - 9,000.
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Lot 885
China - Hu-Peh Province. One Tael, 1904. Kann-933a; Y-128.2. Twin rampant dragons. Reverse: Chinese inscription. Lustrous fields, light cameo frosting to devices. Choice strike. Lightly toned. NGC graded MS-64.

Hupeh is an ancient province which originally, with Hunan. formed one province known as Hukuang. Around 1700 Hukuang was divided in to Hunan (south of the lakes), and Hupeh (north of the lakes). These were the lakes of the Yangtze River. The capital of the province is Wuhan. The Wuchang mint began operations in 1895 and produced coinage until around 1929.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,000.
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Lot 886
China - Kiang-Nan Province. Dollar, 1904-CD. Y-145a.12; Kann-99. 26.93 grams. Chinese inscription, initials HAH and CH. Reverse: Coiled dragon, head frontal. Lustrous fields, light cameo frosting to devices. A hint of toning. NGC graded MS-65.

Kiangnan, a district in eastern China, has been an agricultural and manufacturing center long coveted by foreign forces. The district is made up of Anhwei and Kiangsu. The Nanking mint had been active there since imperial times. Modern minting facilities were brought in beginning in 1897, but burned down in 1929. A mint then opened in Shanghai in 1933.
Estimated Value $1,250 - 1,500.
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Lot 887
China - Empire. 1 K'uping (Liang) Tael, CD 1906 (Tientsin). Kuang Hsu Fr-1; Kann-1540; KM-Pn38. 37.24 grams. Facing, grimacing dragon encircled by clouds. Reverse: Central circle with four Chinese characters ("Ta Ching Gold Coin"), inscription and date above and below. Plain edge. Extraordinarily sharp and full strike for Chinese issues. The obverse wonderfully proof-like, with satiny to glossy devices on mirror field; the reverse with a few modest marks, on reflective fields with some light, random hairlines. Visually imposing, and Very rare. NGC graded MS-64.

The Empire mentioned here is actually the Empire established by the Manchu dynasty in 1644. This relatively small ethnic group from Manchuria (hence Manchu), through subeterfuge and clever planning was able to conquer the entire Chinese nation in 1644, and maintained their rule for almost three centuries. The Manchus were so successful, they were able to set up Taiwan, Burma, and Tibet as protectorates. The European incursion into China in the 19th century, and the domination by these Europeans, ultimately signaled the end of the Manchus. They were forced to abdicate in 1912.
Estimated Value $70,000 - 80,000.
Ex John H. Clapp collection; from Clapp estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. in 1942; Illustrated in Money of The World, coin 134.

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