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    Stunning Specimen 20 Cents - One of Only 3 Certified

    Kwangtung. Kuang-hsü Specimen Trial 20 Cents (1 Mace 4-3/5 Candareens) ND (1889) SP64 PCGS, Heaton mint, KM-Y196, L&M-125A, Kann-18, WS-0933, Wenchao-554 (rarity 3 stars). With denomination written as 1 MACE AND 4 3/5 CANDAREENS. Of the highest rarity within the early Kwangtung series, with no value given for the Proof strikings of the type in the Standard Catalog of World Coins, this specimen striking stands as the earliest issue produced on the eve of the opening of Kwangtung mint in 1889. Despite not being noted as such on the holder, Lin and Ma note that all mirror-like strikings are assumed to be trials struck by the Heaton mint. Though perhaps not struck to quite so low of numbers as originally supposed by Kann, who stated that only two trial sets of the denominations from the 5 Cents through the Dollar were produced by/for the southern mint (on this point his wording is ambiguous) before official production began, a total of 3 examples currently existing in the PCGS census, these special strikings with Proof fields are nonetheless extremely elusive, with perhaps only a handful of pieces of all 5 denominations known to exist. Never intended for circulation, the present piece clearly preserves its original mint brilliance--icy white, watery texture on the obverse perfectly complemented by thick die polish lines, while the reverse contains notable hints of opalescence. Only the third example we have offered and the third to come to market in the past several decades.

    極罕貳角樣幣 - 僅有三枚入評之一

    1889年廣東省造光緒元寶一錢四分六釐銀樣幣。SP64 PCGS。 喜頓造幣廠。(珍罕度三星級別)幣上英文面值為「1 MACE AND 4 3/5 CANDAREENS」。早期廣東省造系列的最稀有品種,為廣東錢局於1889年啓用前夕鑄造的首批樣幣,《世界硬幣標準目錄》中未列出此幣種的精製例子的參考價格。雖然在評級盒上未有標注,但《中國金銀幣目錄》中記載鏡面例子應該為喜頓造幣廠鑄造的試鑄幣。此系列的實際發行量可能並非如耿愛德所言的那樣低--根據耿愛德的説法,在三分六釐到七錢二分的一衆面值中,這所南方的造幣廠在正式投產前一共只鑄造過兩組試鑄幣。而PCGS資料庫則顯示現存有三枚例子。精製底板的特別版本極度稀有,目前五個面值中只有數枚例子存世。由於並非流通貨幣,此枚明顯保持原廠光芒。正面銀白似冰,水樣質感,鑄造綫條厚重。是海瑞得經手的第三枚例子,也是過去幾十年内在市場上亮相的第三枚。



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