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    A Classic Chinese Issue
    Very Rare as a Gem!

    Hupeh. Kuang-hsu silver "Small Characters" Tael Year 30 (1904) MS65 NGC, Wuchang mint, KM-Y128.2, L&M-180, Kann-933. A spectacular example of this large silver issue. The strike is bold, with full mint brilliance. A touch of golden patina adds to the splendid appearance and the surfaces display only minor marks. This incredible piece is the finest we have offered, and none have been certified finer by either NGC, or PCGS. Extremely rare.
    Ex. R.L. Lissner Collection

    In 1904, the Hupeh Governor-general Chang Chi Tung struck a 1 Tael coin, and proposed the further striking of fractional Tael coins in the denominations of 5, 2, and 1 Mace. It appears that these smaller issues were never produced. The 1 Tael piece was struck in two varieties, small characters, and large characters. A total of 648,000 pieces were struck, with these circulating for only a brief period and most being withdrawn and melted. The large characters variety is rarer, overall, than the small characters, but only one piece of each variety has been certified in MS65 by NGC.


    光緒三十年(1904)湖北省造大清銀幣庫平一兩。小字版。MS65 NGC,
    武昌造幣廠。大膽而深刻的鑄工,充沛的原廠光澤。金綠色包漿使其美麗外觀更為吸引。雙龍栩栩如生,龍鱗飽滿,立體深刻。表面只有極輕微痕跡。如此好品相的一枚是我們曾次經手的,同時是NGC及PCGS所評過同品種中最高分的一枚,極為罕有。出自: R.L. Lissner Collection


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