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.
(Ding unlisted). Good very fine, completely unlisted and extremely rare.
298 COINS. CHINA – EMPIRE, GENERAL ISSUES. Hu Poo : Silver Pattern 1-Tael, Year 29 of Kuang Hsu, 1903 (Kann 927; L&M 1). In NGC holder graded SP63, very rare.
ex Dr Norman Jacobs collection, Hong Kong Coin Auction, Baldwin - Ma Tak Wo, August 2008, lot 44
Lots 325 – 342 - A run of Silver pattern Dollars.
343 COINS. CHINA – EMPIRE, GENERAL ISSUES. General Issues: Pattern Silver Mace, Kwan Ping, ND (c.1858), Obv denomination within wreath of tea branches, Rev the Ying-yang symbol at centre, two dragons chasing each other in the outer circle, reeded edge, 20mm, 3.625g (Kann 926II; L&M 598). Rim nick on the reverse, otherwise prooflike mint state, in PCGS holder graded SP62 and exceedingly rare.
ex Farouk collection, Sotheby’s, Cairo (Egypt), 24 February – 3 March 1954 Kann thought these pieces were struck in England by the Royal Mint, London, but this cannot yet be confirmed.
King Farouk of Egypt reigned between 1936 and 1952. During this time he amassed, amongst other collections, one of the largest and most important numismatic collections in history which contained around 8,500 gold and silver coins and medals. The king was widely condemned for his dishonest and incompetent government and he was overthrown during a military coup in July 1952. Farouk was forced to abdicate and sought exile in Monaco and later Italy, where he remained for the rest of his life. The new radical government moved quickly to auction off his numismatic collection, which included the rare 1933 Double Eagle. They set an auction date of 3rd March 1954 and appointed A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd as cataloguers of the collection and Sotheby’s as official auctioneers. The Farouk collection was famously catalogued by Fred Baldwin in Cairo, with the assistance of his nephew Albert, under military guard and in a very short period of time. Owing to the large volume of coins in the collection and the limited timescale items were sold in large lots, sorted by denomination and with an assortment of dates and mintmarks. The sale, which took place in Cairo, has become legendary in the numismatic world with many modern collectors keen to obtain a piece with such incredible provenance.
388 COINS. CHINA – PROVINCIAL ISSUES. Chihli Province : Silver Tael, Year 33 (1907),, variety with three tiny dots arranged in a straight line on fire-ball on reverse, 37.3g (Kann 938a; KM Y74.2; L&M 438). In PCGS holder graded MS62, very rare.
455 COINS. CHINA – PROVINCIAL ISSUES. Kiangnan Province : Silver 5-, 10-, 20-, 50-Cents and Dollar, CD1900 (KM Y141a, 142a.4, 143a.4, 144a, 145a.4; L&M 236, 235, 234, 232, 229). The 5- and 10-Cents fine, the 20-Cents good very fine, the 50-Cents good fine and rare, the Dollar good extremely fine. (5pcs)
545 COINS. CHINA – PROVINCIAL ISSUES. Kwangtung Province : Silver Dollar, ND (1890-1908) (KM Y203; L&M 133). In NGC holder