The Hong Kong Auction 51 - Baldwin's Celebrate 25 Years in the Orient Baldwin’s celebrate their 25th year holding auctions in the Orient this year with a fantastic Hong Kong auction of coins and banknotes.
News-Antique.com - Aug 12,2011 - HONG KONG COIN AUCTION 51
BALDWIN’S CELEBRATE 25 YEARS IN THE ORIENT
Baldwin’s are celebrating their 25th year holding auctions in the Orient this year and this, the 50th auction for the group, is set to be a sale to remember. The sale, which will be held on the 25th August at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile, Kowloon, comprises 1064 lots of far eastern and world coins and banknotes, many with exceptional provenance and of extreme rarity.
The Hong Kong Coin Auction group was started in 1986 by B H Lim of Taisei Singapore, Andre de Clermont and Daniel Fearon of Spink, London. Baldwin’s were involved from Auction No 1 as consignors and cataloguers. Over the years the members of the group, having changed several times and have included an American auction house and a Singapore coin dealer as well as the close co-operation of Japanese and other regional coin specialists. Of the 50 auctions to date, twenty-two were held in Singapore, two in Tokyo and twenty-six in Hong Kong. In 1994 Spink broke their link with Taisei and handed the reins over to Baldwin’s. Since then, thirty-two catalogues have carried the Baldwin name on the cover.
In recent years the auctions have mainly been held in wonderful Hong Kong, “The Gateway to China”, In the past, however, auctions have also been organised in Japan and Singapore, where the first sales of the series took place. The biannual Hong Kong week has become a major international event devoted primarily to oriental numismatics. The International Coin Convention, which has always been central to the numismatic activity in the Orient, has grown and grown. The organisers now boast in excess of 120 tables and a waiting list of up to 2 years.
Edward Baldwin, Chairman of A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd, commented:
‘The result of these many years of auctions and the tens of thousands of coins and banknotes sold can be measured by the increased level of numismatic activity surrounding the Hong Kong coin show; where there was only one auction organised during the coin fair, there are now four, three organised by competitors. We are very proud of the arena that we have created, one that can only benefit the coin collector and add to the hobby. One thing that has not changed over 25 years is our commitment to numismatics.’
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AUCTION
1 BANKNOTES. CHINA - EMPIRE, GENERAL ISSUES. Ming Dynasty (1366-1644): 1-Kuan, issued by Emperor Hong Wu, made of mulberry paper, 225mm x 343mm (P AA10). One crease in lower left corner, otherwise about as made with perfect border and fabric, an exceptional example of this historical Chinese currency.
184 BANKNOTES. CHINA - MACAU. Banco National Ultramarino: 100-Patacas, 22 July 1919, serial no.23222 (P 9). One Chinese ink character in lower right corner of the reverse, very fine, paper still strong, very rare.
243 COINS. CHINA – ANCIENT. Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 AD): Bronze (Tian Juan Tong Bao), Value 2 in regular script