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    Firmly Mint State T.A.S.C.-Signed Dragon Dollar from Anhwei

    Anhwei. Kuang-hsü Dollar Year 24 (1898) MS61 NGC, Anking mint, KM-Y45.3, L&M-199, Kann-57, Chang-CH44, WS-1076, Wenchao-708. Variety with tall Si and T.A.S.C. on obverse (reverse as holdered). Unusually fine quality for this province whose coinage is already considered generally scarce in any condition, most showing cleaning, wear, or chopmarking over the surfaces. Notably short-lived as a type, we would note that while Wang Chun Li states that it was only in 1898 that Anhwei introduced a silver Dollar carrying the characters T-A-S-C in the center of the obverse, Wenchao records an extremely rare example dated to the prior year and carrying the same initials, further proposing that these letters--usually read in the order A-S-T-C--likely stand for "Tatsing Anhwei Silver Coin" (Anhwei Silver Coin of the Great Qing). Although revealing the typical striking weaknesses associated with the provincial mint at Anking, including extensive softness atop the dragon's scales and rust towards the obverse peripheries, this piece on the whole proves quite admirable. Cartwheel luster beams evenly over each side, all as a satin finish of fine flow lines creates an aurous framing device to the iconic dragon motif.

    NOTE: This lot was manufactured in China and was sourced from outside the United States for this auction after September 1, 2019. Under the new US tariffs on Chinese goods, collector's items from China will be subject to a 7.5% import tariff. Any clients who wish to take delivery of this item in the United States should be aware of this added charge, and consult their tax adviser with any questions.


    光緒二十四年(1898)安徽省造光緒元寶七錢二分銀幣。MS61 NGC。
    安徽造幣厰。高「四」,正面有T.A.S.C.版。安徽銀幣鑄量甚少,不論品相優劣均屬罕見,當中接大部分例子表面有明顯觸痕、加蓋或清洗痕跡,而此品狀態可謂相當出眾。正面正中有T.A.S.C.銘文的版別僅短暫發行,唯實際發行日期未有定論:王春利著作提及安徽省只有在1898年發行該批銀幣,董文超圖錄則載有另一枚發行時期更早的同款銀幣,更提出四字應讀成A-S-T-C,意「大清安徽銀幣」,取其英語字首而成。此品一如其他安徽造幣厰出品, 龍鱗浮雕頂端平緩,另正面外圍有輕微痕跡。不過整體狀態依然賞心悅目,雙面車輪光均衡,有絲緞光芒覆蓋底版流綫,照亮正中飛龍浮雕,非常精彩。

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