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    Excessively Rare Bi Pao Military Ration Dollar

    Taiwan. Bi Pao Military Ration "Sumi Calligraphy Brushes" Dollar ND (1853) AU Details (Chopmarked) NGC, Tainan mint(?), KM-C25-5 (Rare; 1862), L&M-325, Kann-4 (1862), WS-1002, Wenchao-182 (rarity 3 stars). With "Ku" (Treasury) stamp. Issued by General Tai Chou-chung. An excessively rare type within this already challenging military ration series, and one which we've been able to locate only two other examples of appearing at auction in the past decade. Produced during an uprising in Fung Shan contemporaneous with the Taiping Rebellion for military expenditures, surprisingly little seems to be recorded for the history of this Bi Pao type; while Wenchao suggests a similar rarity between this and the Ju-I "Lotus" Dollars, and Kann had four in his collection, both Lin and Ma and the Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Gold & Silver Coins record a much higher value for this type, a fact support by its absence from the Chang Foundation collection. Both Kann and the Standard Catalog of World Coins suggest a date around 1862, though more recent Chinese scholarship places alongside the emissions of Li Shek and Lin Kung. While these Taiwanese emissions come universally chopmarked, the offering loses little of its underlying detail to this process, with a distinctive increase in the sharpness of the devices as one moves outwards from the centers. The only other sales record we can draw the potential bidder's attention to is an XF Details piece which brought $45,000 in April 2012.

    極珍罕的筆寶軍餉

    1853年台灣「筆寶軍餉新細明體」六八銀餅。AU Details (Chopmarked) NGC。
    台南造幣廠(?),珍稀度三星。帶「庫」字戳記,極為罕見的錢幣,在過去的十年中,只有兩枚曾在拍賣中出現。令人驚訝的是,似乎沒有太多關於此幣的歷史記載,董文超先生《中國歷代金銀貨幣通覽》提出此與「蓮花圖」錢幣間的稀有度相似,耿愛德(Kann)則列有4種款式,林國明與馬德和先生著《中國金銀幣圖錄》都記錄了這種類型的更高價值。耿愛德和《世界硬幣標準目錄》都提出此幣應是源於咸豐三年的起義事件:
    當年四月,李石、林恭於鳳山起事震驚全台灣,事起後軍需糧餉暴漲,需款孔急,台灣府於台南開鑄"如意"、"筆寶"銀餅以應急需,六月林恭告敗,遂遭處死,民變事平,所鑄銀餅隨即停鑄,流用時間甚短。
    此枚儘管大部分都因驗色而印上戳記,但底部細節仍然清晰。曾出現的另一枚XF Details 在2012年4月拍賣以$ 45,000美元成交。




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    December, 2020
    18th-19th Friday-Saturday
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