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    The Famed Kuping Pattern Tael in Gold

    Kuang-hsü gold Pattern Kuping Tael (Liang) CD 1907 MS61 NGC, Tientsin mint, KM-Pn302, L&M-1024, Kann-1541. Reeded Edge, Small Clouds variety. Obv. Four Chinese characters within a beaded ring standing for, "Ta Ching Gold Coin," in the outer circle above are six Chinese characters translating as, "Made (during) the Kuang Hsu (regime) in the year of Guang Xu (1907)," in the outer circle below are four Chinese characters translating as, "Kuping (weight) 1 Tael." Rev. Dragon entirely surrounded by small clouds. Perhaps the most iconic, and certainly the most renowned, gold Pattern of the late Qing Dynasty, this imposing Kuping Tael stands as a veritable giant of Chinese numismatics--a mere 10 other examples of this variety (misattributed on the holder) certified to-date by NGC, with perhaps only a handful of pieces originally struck. Noted by Kann to perhaps have been a "superfluous" experiment moving towards modernizing the country by "flirt[ing] with the idea of introducing a gold-standard system" to a country that had never possessed one, the coin at hand appears bathed in sun-gold color, a tinge of rose-gold toning occurring closer to the devices on the reverse. Some extremely minor handling wisps are noted for the sake of accuracy, in-line with the assigned grade, but otherwise are notably faint, requiring a more scrupulous examination to reveal themselves. Needless to say, an exceedingly rare issue and an absolute must for the serious collector of Chinese coins and patterns.
    Ex. Patrick Tan Collection


    珍罕小雲版丁未年造一兩金樣幣

    光緒丁未年造(1907)大清金幣一兩樣幣。 MS61 NGC。 天津造幣廠。齒邊。小雲版。正面中央串珠環內刻有"大清金幣"四字,外圈上方則有"光緒丁未年造"六字,下方有"庫平一兩"四字。背面細小祥雲環繞大龍。

    光緒三十一年,清政府頒布「整頓圜法酌定章程」,規定「所造三品之幣,即文曰大清金幣、大清銀幣、大清銅幣,通行天下,以歸一律。」大清金幣後因金本位制未立而未發行,鑄額極少。此幣可能是晚清時期最具標誌性,也是最著名的黃金樣幣,由NGC評級的只有僅僅10枚,當中可能只有數枚為原廠壓印。庫平一兩可謂是中國錢幣學界名副其實的巨人。

    呈太陽金色,反面圖文帶玫瑰金色調。有一些非常小的處理痕跡。毋庸置疑,這是一個非常罕見的一枚,對於追求中國錢幣及樣幣的收藏家來說是絕對必須的,亦是十分難覓的佳品。出自:Patrick Tan舊藏。


    Estimate: $60,000 - $80,000.

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