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    Remarkable Mint State "Auto" Dollar

    Kweichow. Republic "Auto" Dollar Year 17 (1928) MS61 PCGS, KM-Y428, L&M-609, Kann-757, WS-1109. Two blades of grass variety. Representing a near-iconic type, the Kweichow "Auto" Dollar is one of the few coins for which even a briefly uttered two word name conjures an instant and complete mental picture, an evocation not only of great rarity and desirability but also of a status that is reached by only a select few types.

    The issue, struck to commemorate the first road in the Kweichow Province, features the automobile owned by the provincial Governor himself, proudly displayed as a statement on China's progress and modernization. It is unusual in its subject matter, since, as many collectors will be aware, the coinage of the period, both in China and around the world, tended to gravitate toward portrayals of more traditional motifs, such as national symbols or personifications of ideals like freedom and liberty. The representation of an automobile, then, an object of modernity and the result of unprecedented technological process, is unusual indeed, a factor that, in addition to the type's great scarcity, has contributed to sustained and even growing collector interest.

    A cursory view of past examples that have sold on auction quickly reveals that the near entirety of the certified population consists of circulated specimens, with the majority failing to meet standards for even AU-level preservation. It is with tremendous excitement, then, that we offer this coin, preserved to its full and original level of detail. The fields, toned to the slightest degree, express glassy argent luster, tempered slightly by a delicate overlying silver patina which evenly graces the obverse and reverse surfaces. Light handling throughout accounts for the grade, though, as no singularly significant distractions exist, eye appeal remains strong in its own right, yet more so when considered in the context of being tied to so remarkable a type.

    The opportunity to acquire another Mint State example of this issue may not come again for quite some time, but what is certain is that this example, the finest certified by PCGS to-date, will leave its future owner with the honorable stewardship of a verifiable treasure of Asian numismatics.

    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)貴州省政府造壹圓銀幣「汽車幣」。MS61 PCGS。

    【1925年(民國十四年)川黔湘鄂赣五省發生饑荒與流行斑疹傷寒,此時成立不久的"華洋義賑救災總會"即撥款救濟,貴州省交由省政府主席周西成負責辦理。但當時黔省沒有鐵公路,救濟物質完全依靠步行運送,賑災工作推動困難。周西成要求賑災委員會派專家協助開闢可供汽車行駛之道路,為此美國工程師托德(Oliver J. Todd) 在次年11月底到達貴陽。托德在勘察後計畫修造三條公路,以貴陽為中心。這條路雖未達西方標準,但路面堅實排水良好,能行駛汽車。不過因為尚未與外省道路接通,貴州所建公路當時效益有限,倒是在後來抗日戰爭還發揮了不少作用。1927年周省長在得知托德將再度光臨後,立刻向廣州方面訂購車輛,由於並無可供汽車行駛之公路,這輛汽車是拆卸後動用數百名苦力搬運至貴陽,費時達兩個月。
    1928年 (民國十七年),西起安順經貴陽北至桐梓之省道完工,為表彰首條公路的興建及第一輛汽車到來此事,周西成命令造幣廠製銀元以資紀念,這就是貴州省汽車幣發行的背景。汽車幣尺寸與一般大頭相當,可依字體、車頭、車門、車輪、草坪葉數不同等差異,有多種版別。】引自孫浩先生《汽車銀幣軼事》

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