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    Amazing Gem Proof Kiangnan Dragon Dollar

    Kiangnan. Kuang-hsu "Plain Edge" Proof Dollar ND (1897) PR65 NGC, L&M-210, Kann-66 (Kann does not mention plain edge), Chang Foundation page 172 #80. A stunning Plain Edge Proof Pattern. The quality is superb, with a razor-sharp strike and mirrored fields. The surfaces exhibit attractive bluish-gray and golden patina, with no flaws worthy of mention. This is the first example we have offered, and is one of only two Plain Edge Patterns certified by NGC.
    Ex. W&B Capital Collection

    Commissioned and struck in a very small number by the Heaton Mint in Birmingham, England, along with four smaller denominations, these few Patterns were shipped, along with sets of dies, to the Nanking mint. An interesting fact is that at this time the Kiangnan Province was no longer in existence. All of the silver coins struck at Nanking were inscribed, "Made in Nanking Province," to differentiate them from Kiangsu coins being struck at this mint. When the Heaton dies arrived at Nanking, a security edge was applied and this original Heaton design used to strike circulation coins.


    精美絕倫GEM級「喜敦廠造」老江南鏡面光邊樣幣

    1897年江南省造光緒元寶七錢二分樣幣。鏡面光邊。 PR65 NGC。
    珍品,鑄打銳利、表面呈現出吸引的藍灰金色包漿,沒有任何值得一提的瑕疵。我們經手的第一枚,同品種經NGC評為光邊樣幣的只有兩枚,此為其中之一。出自:W&B Capital Collection

    當時由英國伯明翰喜頓鑄幣厰委託及鑄造的試作樣幣,另有四個更小面值,這些樣幣及模具都一同運到南京鑄幣廠。有趣的是,當時江南省的建制早已不存在,所有在南京鑄成的銀幣都要刻有"南京製造"字樣,以便區分他們和於同一鑄幣廠所鑄的江蘇錢幣。當模具運達南京,當局為這些幣加上安全印記,並推出市面流通。

    「所謂的"江南省",是清初設置的行省。範圍相當於今天的江蘇省和安徽省,為當時全國最富裕的省份,其賦稅佔全國的三分之一。康熙年分則為江蘇與安徽二省。也就是說,當光緒二十二年(1896年)籌辦江南造幣廠的時候,"江南省"建制早已消失了兩百年。 "江南省造"是中國貨幣史上唯一省份名有實無的錢幣,這也是吸引集幣者興趣的原因之一。

    江南造幣廠全名"江南鑄造銀元製錢總局",位於南京,設備是光緒二十二年向當時尚未改名伯明翰造幣廠的喜敦廠訂購。機器在光緒二十三年底全部安裝妥當,同年十二月二十五日 (1898年1月17日)正式開鑄。開辦之初幣模由英國伯明翰廠代辦,製作精美,蟠龍造型深受藏家喜愛。打模深郡,鏡面版底精美絕倫的光邊幣樣令人震撼,存世僅數套,為龍銀大珍。 」 引自「英國喜敦廠造老江南鏡面光邊樣幣 精美絕倫風華歷久彌新」孫浩著




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