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    Incredibly Elusive Pattern 2 Baht - Almost Never Seen at Auction

    Rama V silver Proof Pattern 2 Baht (1/2 Tamlung) ND (1877) PR62 NGC, Paris mint, KM-Pn35, VG-Unl., Krisadaolarn/Mihailovs-pg. 171, Plate F38. An extremely rare unadopted pattern type which almost never occurs on the market. Le May notes that, in spite of his exceptionally long reign of 42 years--one of the longest in Thai history--Rama V did surprisingly little to change the coinage of his realm. Despite major changes occurring not long after his death, it was under his rule that Thailand saw the monarch's portrait become a regular feature for the first time. In anticipation of this change, patterns were produced in the denominations of 2 Baht, 1 Baht, 1 Salung, and 1 Fuang at mints in France, England, and, later, Thailand. Within this series, only the 2 Baht was not later restruck until 1900. Certainly the rarest piece of this set as such, only 1 other example has appeared at auction in recent years according to our research, sold in Nihon Coin Auction's Sale 50, where they stated that perhaps no more than 8 test coins exist for all four of these denominations combined.
    From the Dr. Norman Jacobs Collection of Thai Coins


    1877年拉瑪五世2泰銖 (1/2 Tamlung) 精製銀樣幣。PR62 NGC。
    巴黎造幣厰。極其罕有的樣幣,此設計最終未被采用,幾乎絕跡錢幣市場。Le May目錄著作中指出,拉瑪五世在位足足42年,為泰國歷史中在位最長的君主之一,但其在位期間卻未大幅改變錢幣設計,及至他逝世後泰幣設計方煥然一新。話雖如此,拉瑪五世頒令泰幣上印有君主肖像,開創此傳統。一系列樣幣應運而生,包括2泰銖、1泰銖、1 Salung、1 Fuang,先於英法兩地鑄造,及後轉至泰國本地鑄造。系列中,唯獨2泰銖至1900年才重製,為系列中最最矜貴的一款,得到的如獲至寶。近年只有另外一枚曾出現Nihon 錢幣拍賣,當時該行亦估計4款面值合共只有不多於8枚試鑄樣幣存世。

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