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    Visually Superb 3/4-Facing Pattern Dollar

    Republic Yuan Shih-kai Pattern Dollar Year 3 (1914) MS63 NGC, Tientsin mint, KM-Pn32, L&M-72, Kann-643, WS-0166, Wenchao-858 (rarity 3 stars). By L. Giorgi. Ranking as an elite rarity within the Republic of China dollar series, the Yuan Shih-kai pattern dollar of 1914 remains an elusive object of desire for the majority of even the most advanced collectors. Appearances on auction are relatively rare, and despite being a pattern, many surviving examples underwent circulation, with the result that locating a well-preserved specimen proves highly challenging. And yet, this choice example carries the prestige of its conditional preservation further still, its visual appeal arguably exceeding its assigned choice certification. The surfaces retain a lustrous, inviting glow, overlaid with a rich yet balanced patina that intermingles metallic and soft lilac tones, yielding an appearance that simultaneously reveals its age while preserving a mint fresh countenance that proves covetable in hand. While minute wisps of handling are observed, even these minor instances remain faint and isolated, resulting in a very clean appearance when carefully rotated and inspected under good light. Connoisseurs of the Chinese Republican series will be intimately familiar with the widely collected side-facing Yuan Shih-kai issues, a ubiquitous type that is only growing in popularity, and one which is arguably an icon of the wider Chinese numismatic series, similar to the Morgan or Peace Dollar in the American series. A pattern thereof, then, with its unique, 3/4-facing bust of the Chinese political leader, must be considered of the highest interest and desirability. A fleeting opportunity to own this exceptional pattern dollar, an immense representative of its issue, sharply struck, bold, and visually compelling.

    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.

    珍罕「七分臉」袁世凱像壹圓樣幣

    民國三年(1914)袁世凱像壹圓銀樣幣。MS63 NGC。
    天津造幣厰。珍稀度三星。民國人像幣系列中的頂級精品。1914年袁世凱像「七分臉」系列從來非常難覓,可遇不可求。雖則為樣幣,但絕大部分現存例子卻都有觸痕。保存極佳的例子非常難得。本次拍賣一枚卻以其完美品相傲視同儕,其保存狀態之完好,甚至比更高分者有過之而無不及。幣面銀光閃爍,誘人非常。流光與金屬色及紫丁香色雙色包漿散發絢爛光彩,美不勝收,猶如初鑄,令人愛不釋手。觸痕細碎不顯眼,整體表面維持平整明净,推薦各位親臨欣賞實物,光照下完美外觀教人垂涎。各位民國幣系列資深藏家想必對袁世凱側面像系列耳熟能詳,該款式廣受讚譽,多年來熱潮不減,可謂中國錢幣界代表,地位可比美國錢幣界的摩根系列及和平女神系列。市場上充斥各種版別品相的袁世凱側像銀幣,卻極少有這款七分臉袁世凱像銀幣,可謂獨一無二,其魅力非一般側像版別可比。本次拍賣機會難得,若要入手這枚品相超然的精美樣幣,實在機不可失。版別中至關重要的一枚,此枚壓印深峻銳利,鑄工精良,非常精彩。


    Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000.

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