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    First-Year Proof Issue of the Hong Kong Branch Mint

    British Colony - Victoria Proof Dollar 1866 PR62 PCGS, Hong Kong mint, Plain Edge, KM10, Pr-1A. An important Proof issue for the specialist in the British Commonwealth and Colonial series, difficult to obtain and enthusiastically pursued when available at auction. This specimen boasts the needle-sharp details expected of a Proof-quality strike, the engraving exactingly struck up from the fully reflective fields. A series of light hairlines visible in the obverse fields, likely from a gentle wipe long in the past, are partially obscured by the soft argent tone, accentuated by purplish highlights and attractively deepening towards the rims.

    Prior to the issue of these Dollars by the newly opened branch mint, the official circulating silver Crown of Hong Kong was the Mexican 8 Reales. Quality control issues with the weight of these pieces led to distrust amongst the local money changers and their general rejection led to the eventual closing of the branch mint in 1868. All future minor issues of Hong Kong were produced at either the Royal or Heaton mints and Mexican 8 Reales continued to fill the role for transactions requiring Crown-sized denominations.


    (1866年)香港維多利亞壹圓精製幣。PR62 PCGS, 香港鑄錢局,光邊。對於英屬殖民地系列的收藏專家而言,這枚是很難得而且是很重要的一個品種,往往在拍賣會上引來激烈競爭。這枚樣幣雕刻細節銳利,非常漂亮。正面可見一些細微擦痕,有可能是過去一些輕柔擦拭所造成。部分帶暗銀色包漿,另帶紫色包漿,顏色朝著銀幣外圈加深。在香港鑄錢局興建之前,銀元以1821年以前西班牙殖民墨西哥期間在當地生產的「本洋」及墨西哥獨立後改鑄的「鷹洋」流通量最大。可是新幣的市場認受性並未得到確認,鑄錢局在本地的訂單不足,又未能拓展大陸市場,於1868年被迫停產結業。在香港鑄錢局結業後,香港政府重新向英國訂製低面額的硬幣,而貿易銀元則繼續以墨西哥鷹洋作交易。

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