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    An Incredible Example of the Rare Final Pattern Dollar of Chang Tso-lin

    Republic Chang Tso-lin silver Pattern "Mukden Tiger" Dollar Year 17 (1928) MS62 NGC, Tientsin mint, KM-Pn90, L&M-871, Kann-688, Chang-CH247 (Rare), Shanghai Museum-694, Shi Jiagan Collection-585, WS-0111, Wenchao-901 (rarity 3 stars). A coin which is perhaps as famous as the man whose portrait it bears. One of the most powerful warlords in 1920's China, Chang Tso-lin (Zhang Zuolin) was, as Kann aptly observes, "a selfmade man, who understood [how] to amass great power and still greater fortunes." Only portrayed on a small series of Patterns from the silver Dollar up to a gold 50 Dollar piece produced during his short-lived hold over Beijing and Tientsin from 1926 to 1928, Chang's coins remain some of the rarest and most highly sought after of all Republican issues, numerous examples of which have been known to have set all-time price records when they came to auction. Proposed not long after Chang's death by railcar bomb on June 4th, 1928, this last Pattern to celebrate the "Grand Marshal" (also nicknamed the "Mukden Tiger") has only come to auction an exceedingly small handful of times over the last several decades, with the type even missing from such famous collections as Norman Jacobs, R.N.J Wright, and Wa She Wong. To date, between NGC and PCGS combined, a mere 10 examples have been certified.

    Rendered to medallic specifications that leave each design element from the stars to the boldly cut calligraphy in striking relief, we would note that although NGC has chosen to give this coin a standard Mint State designation, it seems that PCGS's standard of certifying the series as Specimen would be even more fitting. Indeed, even at a slight tilt, the fields roll with a clean glassy flash, admitting hardly the least trace of tone and an entirely fresh appearance. The first occasion we have ever had to present such a giant of Chinese numismatics, and a piece which is poised to turn heads from all serious collectors looking to fill this longtime whole in their collections.

    From the Glorium Collection

    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.


    民國十七年(1928)張作霖像大元帥紀念壹圓銀樣幣。MS62 NGC。
    天津造幣厰。珍稀度三星。此張作霖像銀幣與張作霖同樣聲名遠播。張作霖,二十年代北洋軍軍奉系首領,時人稱之為「張大帥」。耿愛德在著作中總結其一生「白手起家,對運用權力頗有心得,更擅於理財」。張作霖在1926-28年間往返天津與北京,短短兩年間鑄造一批張像樣幣,數量極少,各式面值,上至五十圓金幣,亦包括一小撮壹圓銀幣。張作霖像系列作爲民國錢幣中的極罕品,多年來人氣高居不下,拍賣場上價格屢創新高。張作霖在1928年6月4日皇姑屯事件在火車上被炸死,隨後鑄造這批樣幣紀念這位大元帥。數十年來拍賣場上可見的例子寥寥可數,即便是諾曼雅格斯博士集藏、R.N.J Wright舊藏、或是黃華樞舊藏等名家大藏中亦從缺。截至編目之時,NGC及PCGS合共只有十枚入評。

    出自:The Glorium集藏

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    December, 2021
    11th-13th Saturday-Monday
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