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    Finest Known French Indo-China Pattern Piastre

    French Colony silver Proof Essai Piastre 19___ (1931) PR67NGC, Paris mint, KM-Unl., VG-5307, Maz-Unl., Gad-35, Lec-276. Reeded edge, Coin rotation. By Barre. Simply astonishing--a virtually immaculate rendition of this extremely rare and highly sought-after pattern. Already boasting an extraordinarily high technical grade, a full 5 grade points above the next finest at NGC, and 2 grade points above the next finest at PCGS, the coin at hand adds yet further acclaim to its unchallenged status with a star designation for stunning eye-appeal, clearly well-warranted by its teal, merlot, and goldfish orange toning palette contrasted against icy white fields. Posited by most reference works to have been produced for the 6-month-long Colonial Exposition (Exposition coloniale internationale) in Paris in 1931, we note that in his most recent work, Monnaies et Jetons de L'Indochine française, Jean Lecompte has reassigned it a date of 1920, though he provides no explanation for this revision. We have handled only other 2 examples of this essai, the finest being a SP63 piece certified by PCGS, which brought $12,925 in our January 2014 New York sale (lot 23609). With the present offering ranking 4 points ahead of that specimen, and almost certainly representing the finest known, we can only expect that it will be met with fierce competition as it crosses the auction block.


    1931年坐洋一元精製銀樣幣。PR67★ NGC。
    巴黎鑄幣厰。驚爲天人的一枚:此幣品相狀態無懈可擊,款式極罕,為各收藏家夢寐以求的逸品。其評分比PCGS入評最高分的另一枚高2分;亦較NGC已評的次枚高足足5分,品相傲視同儕。不但如此,此幣更憑其絕美外觀加獲星號評分,舉世無雙。幣面呈藍綠、酒紅、橘色三色包漿深邃無窮,對比皓白底板,精美絕倫。一般資料記載此幣乃為當時爲其半年的1931年巴黎殖民地博覽會鑄造,然而根據Jean Lecompte的最新著作 《法屬印支半島錢幣與代幣》 作者訂正此幣鑄造年份為1920年,卻未有提供任何注釋。敝司僅僅拍賣過兩枚同款樣幣:較優一枚PCGS評分SP63,2014年1月紐約拍賣以12,925美元成交(拍品編號23609)。本次這枚珍品評分較前者高4分,亦為史上最優秀的一枚,必吸引藏家熱烈競投。

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    July, 2020
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