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    Phenomenal and Extraordinarily Rare 25 Liang Fantasy

    T'ung-Chih gold Fantasy 25 Taels (25 Liang) Year 10 (1871)-Dated (c. 1919) MS63 NGC, Uncertain mint (possibly Shanghai), KMX-M465 (recorded only in Proof), L&M-Unl., Kann-Unl. (cf. Kann-B102 for 50 Taels). An intriguing and extremely rare emission from this peculiar back-dated fantasy series postulated to possibly have been the private issues of Shanghai merchants, it is difficult not to be captivated by this coin's fantastic imagery and incredible, medallic-level of engraving that leaves no feature of the design flat or underrepresented. Dually dated to the 10th year of T'ung-Chih's era and the cyclical year xinwei, as well as featuring legends in both English and Hanzi, this particular design, with coiled dragons and the 16-armed bodhisattva Mahakala, is known with numerous variants in both the 25 and 50 Taels denomination. While the exact meaning of this imagery, particularly its ties to Tantric Buddhism, is not well-understood, they could hardly have been paired with a better canvass, thick with die polish lines and omitting all but the most insignificant marks. This is the first of this type that we have offered, and we are sure that such an immense piece will garner ample attention as it crosses the auction block, requiring bidders to place their best bids.
    Ex. Patrick Tan Collection (CNG Triton XIV, 4 January 2011, Lot 1233); Hong Kong Auction 39 (2 September 2004, Lot 483); Spink-Taisei Auction 3 (11 February 1988, Lot 159), this coin being the cover coin.


    辛未同治十年(1871)25兩臆造金幣。MS63 NGC。 造幣廠不詳 (極可能是上海)。正面為雙龍捧珠,背面紋飾更為複雜,最內圈為藏傳佛教護法神瑪哈嘎拉,中圈為雙龍捧珠,外圈為佛教蓮花圖案,整體設計華貴,紋飾精細,佛像法相莊嚴。



    出自:Patrick Tan舊藏 (CNG Triton XIV,2011年1月4日,拍品號1233); 香港拍賣39(2004年9月2日,拍品號483); Spink-Taisei 拍賣3(1988年2月11日,拍品號 159),這枚硬幣曾是作為封面硬幣。

    Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000.

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    The Mira Hong Kong Hotel
    118 Nathan Road
    Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
    Hong Kong

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