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    Rama V silver Essai 1/2 Baht (2 Salung) RS 128 (1909) MS64 NGC, Paris mint, KM-E3, VG-Unl., LeMay-Unl., Krisadaolarn/Mihailovs-pg. 181, Plate F55. By Henri-Auguste Patey. By all measures a classic rarity of the machine-made Thai series, virtually unattainable in any condition, and perhaps even rarer that the Essai 1/4 Baht and Baht of the same set, with the 1/2 Baht remaining entirely unpriced in the Standard Catalog of World Coins. Originally ordered by Rama V during his visit to Europe as denominations intended for circulation, the coins did not reach Thailand from the Paris mint until after Rama V's early death--with the Baht, the only coin with any of its mintage released, largely melted down. Representing the last issue of the monarch as such, the coin at hand displays a delightful mottled toning and notable device frost. While we can locate no recent comparables, the Standard Catalog notes that a raw BU example brought $23,000 in Taisei's September 1997 Auction 25.
    From the Dr. Norman Jacobs Collection of Thai Coins


    1909年拉瑪五世1/2泰銖 (2 Salung) 銀質試樣幣。MS64 NGC。
    巴黎造幣厰。象牙右側有ESSAI。一款經典的泰國珍罕的機製幣,姑勿論品相優劣,非常難以入手,比系列中1/4及1泰銖樣幣更爲罕見:世界錢幣標準圖錄内只有2泰銖樣幣沒有估價。此款式由拉瑪五世訪歐洲期間下令鑄造,並原意在泰國流通。唯拉瑪五世早亡,新款錢幣未趕及在其在位期間由巴黎造幣厰運抵泰國,最後只有1泰銖順利發行,其餘錢幣融掉重鑄。作爲拉瑪五世在位期間最後一款貨幣,此枚表面點點褒獎斑駁,浮雕凝霜效果。今年未見相關拍賣記錄,1997年9月泰星拍賣曾以23,000美元落槌價賣出一枚BU級別的裸幣,謹供參考。
    出自:諾曼雅格斯博士集藏


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