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    An Exquisite Pattern Type Very Near the Peak of the Certified Population

    Hsüan-t'ung silver Pattern "Long-Whiskered Dragon" Dollar Year 3 (1911) MS63 NGC, Tientsin mint, KM-Pn304, Kann-223, L&M-28, Chang-CH26 var. (different obverse die), WS-0040, Wenchao-105 (rarity 3 stars), Chang Foundation-33 var. (different obverse die). Pointed petals variety with raised veins in outer leaves. A type that is as renowned for its extreme rarity as it is for its undeniable artistic prowess, the 1911 Long-Whiskered Dragon Pattern by Luigi Giorgi is among the most instantly recognizable and fiercely sought of late Imperial silver Dollars. Stemming from a program by the Emperor to unify the national currency that employed an Italian die-cutting firm to work with the Central Mint in designing a new dollar coin, the artistry seen here is nothing short of exquisite--even the scales of the smiling dragon's coiled body are carefully picked out and painstakingly expressed, while the characters are deeply impressed and just slightly rounded to give a special specimen-like feel. Both sides contain a natural pearl-like coloration, backlit by a champagne hue with mottled notes of blue around the dragon. Nearing the peak of the NGC census (MS64 being the highest grade awarded by that company), we would note that both the Wa She Wong and Norman Jacobs examples only certified at MS61.

    While numerous die varieties are known for the issue--mainly characterized by the forms of the leaves and the Manchu in the margins of the obverse (reverse as holdered here)--the die style seen here bears special affinities with that used on the subsequent Short-Whiskered type, the rightmost leaf showing considerably fewer "spines" than either of the two pieces listed by Chang under CH26 and CH27, or the example illustrated in the Chang Foundation collection catalog, owing to a slightly weaker engraving in these features.


    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.

    頂級大珍「長鬚龍」

    宣統三年(1911)大清銀幣壹圓樣幣 「長鬚龍」。MS63 NGC。
    天津造幣厰。珍稀度三星。尖葉版。由著名的雕刻師Luigi Giorgi設計的「長鬚龍」樣幣以其設計華美及稀世珍罕而聞名,拍賣場上無人不識的晚清逸品,價格屢創新高。宣統帝當年統一全國貨幣,聘請一意大利鑄模公司與中央鑄幣厰合作,設計新的壹圓銀幣。當時鑄造一批樣幣可謂精美絕倫。幣面飛龍淺笑,盤踞幣面,龍鱗次第排列,一一可數。銘文鑄打深峻,字體圓潤飽滿,更顯尊貴。銀幣雙面珍珠色包漿,盤龍浮雕外圍有香檳色及點點藍色包漿點綴,恰似好看。NGC入評例子以MS64分為首,名家諾曼雅格斯博士及黃華樞兩大集藏中的例子亦在MS61分止步。此品MS63分,著實頂級品相。

    本系列有各款模具版別,以邊飾花葉形狀及正面外圍滿文版本不同區別。此一枚模具與後來「短鬚龍」版相近:右端邊飾花葉明顯較少,與CH26及CH27版不同,亦可以鑄打深淺與鴻禧美術館圖錄中一例區分。




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