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    Gem Dragon and Phoenix 10 Dollars, NGC MS65

    Shantung. Dragon and Phoenix gold Pattern 10 Dollars Year 15 (1926) MS65 NGC, Tientsin mint, Kann-1536, L&M-1066, KM-Pn7. Obv. Unadopted national emblem of Dragon and Phoenix. Rev. Value within wreath, date above in Chinese, below in Chinese, translating, " Shantung Province Gold Coin." The strike is flawless, and the fully lustrous surfaces free of all but a few minute marks. Only a very few pieces were struck, as this issue was never intended for circulation. Only two examples have been certified by NGC and this is the finer of those two pieces.
    Ex. Champion Auction Hong Kong sale 10, Lot 68.

    This piece, and the following lot (the $20 pattern), were issued by order of the warlord Zhang Zongchang, military governor of Shantung Province from 1925 until 1928. Time magazine called him, "China's basest warlord." Besides being a part-time bandit-chief, he was a compulsive gambler, and a noted womanizer, keeping between 30 and 50 concubines of different nationalities. He was also considered one of the most ruthless of the Chinese warlords. In 1928, during the Northen Expedition, he suffered a crushing defeat and fled to Japan. He was assassinated while visiting Shandong in 1932.
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