A rare gold medal will be among the highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s April 2015 Hong Kong auction.
It commemorates the establishment of the Fuzhou Arsenal, circa 1874 (51.81 mm, 90.07 grams).
The auction will offer 2,077 lots of Chinese and Asian coins and bank notes from ancient to modern times, in four live Showcase sessions and two Internet-only sessions.
Session A commences at 10 a.m. Hong Kong time on Monday, March 30, begins with non-Chinese Asian coins. Important highlights such as lot 10013, a four-piece proof set of Burma dated 1852, will be featured.
There will be coins in the sale from the W&B Capital Foundation, a private family foundation for arts and antiques. It was founded in the late 1970s and has headquarters in Hong Kong and Canada. Inspired by the late architect Victor Chu, the foundation’s members began to focus on the coin market in China in the early 1980s by engaging in different international exhibitions.
Among the many highlights from the W&B consignment is lot 10197, an extremely rare 1900 Peking Mint pattern dollar, certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation as MS-63. A very rare and popular “Reverse Dragon” pattern dollar of 1911, graded NGC MS-63 will also go on the block.
Session B is dedicated to Chinese Provincial Coinage. Session C features coins of the modern Chinese series. Session D contains 323 lots of Chinese and Asian bank notes.