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    Potentially Unique Unadopted Brass Marco Polo Pattern

    People's Republic brass Proof Pattern "Marco Polo" 100 Yuan 1982 PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC, Shenyang mint, KM-Unl. (cf. KM-Pn2 for 1983 gilt-bronze pattern), Cheng-Unl., CC-Unl., Zhengwen, "A Study of Marco Polo Gold and Silver Sample Coins", pg. 117 (this coin illustrated). 23mm. 6.1gm. Illustrating the Jiayu Pass in the Great Wall. Perhaps one of the rarest pattern issues of the early modern Chinese series and very likely unique. In 1982, work began on designing a new commemorative for the 100 Yuan coin, with three different patterns produced prior to the final adopted design in 1983. The first of these patterns, illustrated in the Illustrated Catalog of Shenyang Mint, featured an extended view of the Great Wall in the background of the obverse, while the wave design did not extend below an exergal line above the denomination on the reverse. The subsequent pattern, seen here, removed the design of the Great Wall on mountains from the obverse, with the wall surrounding the Jiayu Pass extending into the outer border, and extended the waves over the denomination on the reverse. On the final pattern series, the wall surrounding the Jiayu Pass no longer extended into the outer border, the date was appropriately changed to 1983, and size of the denomination was enlarged. This still differed from the adopted design, which shifted the angle of the pass, enlarged the text above it, and shifted the date from below to above the scene.

    Serving as the illustration piece for the second pattern type described in Zhang Zhengwen's article on the coinage, the present offering may well be the only such pattern in private hands, and certainly represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the potential bidder to add this specimen to their collection before it disappears from the market for many years to come.

    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.


    1982年「馬可孛羅」100元精製黃銅樣幣。PR68 Ultra Cameo NGC。
    瀋陽造幣厰。青銅合金樣幣。23毫米。重6.1克。正面嘉峪關城樓插圖。或為中國現代幣中稀有的樣幣之一,獨一無二。1982年著手設計新款100元紀念金幣 ,最初有三款設計,1983年定稿。從《瀋陽造幣厰志》中可見,第一款設計正面遠觀宏偉長城,背面無海浪設計。第二款,亦即此枚設計,以嘉峪關取代長城乘山延綿遠景,關口城墻與幣邊相接,背面則有海浪浮雕,與面值字樣重叠。最後一款設計正面嘉峪關插圖不貼幣邊,日期更正為正式發行年份1983,並放大面值。次幣設計仍與最終發行版本有別:最終版本嘉峪關角度調整,上方「中華人民共和國」字樣較大 ,日期亦由左下角移到右邊中間城墻之上。


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