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    Exquisite Thai "Birthday" Tamlung

    Rama IV 4 Baht (Tamlung) ND (1864) AU55 NGC, Bangkok mint, KM-YA12, Kann-pg, 332/333, Plate 139, LeMay-pg. 94, Plate XXII, 1, Krisadaolarn/Mihailovs-pg. 158, Plate F23. A classic rarity of the Thai series, struck to commemorate Rama IV's 60th birthday. While the obverse of the type displays the familiar crown motif commonplace in Thai coinage of the era, the reverse exhibits a more unique design, with the central inscription "Kingdom of Siam", surrounded by the Chinese inscription "Cheng Ming Tung Pao" (Negotiable Currency of Cheng Ming). The issue is commonly viewed as a presentation piece (and is noted as such on the Dr. Norman Jacobs collection envelope included with the lot), which was never released for official circulation. Clearly examples did see exchange to some extent, however, as this offering's condition reveals. That fact noted, the current example exhibits exceedingly little actual wear, with primarily just a scattering of light and non-distracting marks being all that preclude a finer designation, the eye appeal aided by a darkening of the outer ring that frames the lustrous central regions. For all practical purposes an exceptional rarity, one made only more desirable by an illustrious pedigree. Sold with collection envelope.
    From the Dr. Norman Jacobs Collection of Thai Coins


    1864年拉瑪四世鄭明通寶4泰銖(Tamlung)銀幣。AU55 NGC。
    曼谷造幣厰。經典的泰幣珍寶,紀念泰王拉瑪四世的六十歲誕辰鑄造。背面圖案為同期泰幣中的標準設計,正面設計則獨具匠心:正中泰文「暹邏王國」,四邊為漢字「鄭明通寶」。一般認爲此銀幣為紀念幣,當時作爲饋贈泰華的重要人士,從未正式流通,如諾曼雅格斯(Norman Jacob)博士收藏亦如此標識。 然而,各方例子,包括此枚均可見流通痕跡。話雖如此,此枚錢幣觸痕極少,僅有輕淺劃痕影響評級,不礙整體美觀。外框變深更突出正中光澤,妙不可言。系出名家收藏,流傳有序,珍罕不凡,人所嚮往。連同收藏封套出售。

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