Lot 30248 in the upcoming Rarities Night session of the Fall 2023 Hong Kong Auction offers a true rarity from the Chinese series that comes to market but once in a generation. The only pattern struck in this composition across both major services, this piece represents a turning point in Chinese numismatic history. The original 1932 “Birds Over Junk” Dollar proved unpopular due to its alleged Japanese symbolism, and the denomination was redesigned to remove the birds and rising sun imagery. According to Eduard Kann, a member of the Advisory Mint Committee during this time, the silver versions of this issue dated to Year 22 were struck between June 1933 and May 1934, with the original dies prepared at the Philadelphia Mint. The off-metal strikes, in brass, copper, or other compositions, represent special presentation pieces of the adopted design. In general, Chinese off-metal patterns of adopted designs rarely appear on the market, especially examples from the most recognizable issues from the series. Given this and the exceptional Irving Goodman pedigree, we expect many excited bids for this specimen when it crosses the auction block in our October sale.
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