The Stacks Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Auction Featuring the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Copper Coins

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / March 8, 2018

SANTA ANA, CA. (March 8, 2018) — Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, the leading auctioneer of rare coins and banknotes in Southeast Asia, is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Copper Coins. This offering, presented in a stand-alone catalog, will be held Monday, April 2 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The collection is packed with exceptional rarities and highly desirable numismatic collectibles and is the culmination of decades of academic study and discerning accumulation. 

The vast majority of this collection will be offered in one session beginning promptly at 9:30 AM Hong Kong time on Monday, April 2, starting with 66 lots of Ancient Chinese coins. Highlights from this section include highly desirable and extremely rare six-character (Lot 40022), five-character (Lot 40023) and four-character (Lot 40024) knives from the Warring States period. Also featured is a splendid offering of Hollow Handle Spades, Flat Handle Arch foot Spades and Square Hole Cash.

Following the Ancient coin section is a comprehensive section comprising 206 lots of Provincial issues that contains many exceptional and condition census rarities.  Highlights from this section provide just a glimpse into the advanced nature of this collection.  The first numismatic treasures in this section include the legendary An-Hui "Fang Kong" square hole 10 Cash (Lot 40067), an "An-Hui" Pattern 5 Cash spelled "EIVE" (Lot 40068) and an "An-Hui" Flying dragon 10 Cash (Lot 40069). A highly unusual pattern 10 Cash struck in Copper-Nickel from Chekiang (Lot 40090) is among only a couple known. Lot # 40137 features an iconic Honan pattern 500 Cash, one of the largest coppers coins ever produced in China (both in denomination and size), but never issued. Copper coins of China are not normally considered works of art, however the fabulous style of the Hunan 10 Cash (Lot 40144) could certainly hold its own. Patterns, mules, double obverses and double reverses are plentiful in this collection, exemplified by the Kiangnan Mule 5 Cash struck in brass (Lot 40167) and Kiangsu Mule 10 Cash (Lot 40198). Pieces that may not be as recognizable as others are the Kiangsu-Chingkiang Pattern 20 Cash (Lot 40201), the only example in private hands with only two known, and the Kwangsi Pattern 10 Cash (Lot 40210) with only a couple known. Other short-lived issues that never made their way into full production include the Kwangtung "Five Goats" pattern Cent dated Year 25 (1936) (Lot 40216), the Shantung pattern 20 Cash dated Year 22 (1933) (Lot 40225) and the legendary and highly sought after Szechuan 30 Cash (Lot 40247). Many other rare and interesting pieces will be found in this section.

Later small but significant offerings include Empire general issues (23 lots) containing many rare and exceptional patterns such as the square hole style pattern Cash (Lot 40279) and a denomination run of 1910 and 1911 patterns (Lots 40284-40294). Republic general issues (14 lots) present a number of condition census and other outstanding quality issues such as the 1921 20 Cash (Lot 40298), "L. Giorgi" pattern 10 Cash (Lot 40299) and the Yuan Shih-kai pattern 10 Cash (Lot 40301). Soviet issues (1 lot), Fantasies (12 lots), Medals (12 lots) and mixed lots (19 lots) finish the session with number of interesting and fantastic quality specimens.

An additional Internet only session of 74 lots concludes the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Copper Coins and will begin Thursday April 5, at 9:30 AM Hong Kong time (April 4, 6:30 PM PST).

Lot viewing will be available at the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Santa Ana office before the sale, as well as in Hong Kong immediately prior to the auction itself.  Check for specific dates and times. And of course no announcement would be complete without a reminder that when you are ready to sell, Stack’s Bowers Galleries is your source for auction. The firm offers professional handling of your collection, with a proven track record of accomplished sales. Currently, consignments of ancient coins and world coins and paper money are being accepted for the August 2018 Hong Kong auction, the August 2018 ANA auction and the May 2018 Collector’s Choice Online auction. Contact a consignment specialist at 949-253-0916 or via email at [email protected] or visit the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio table located near the entrance at the Hong Kong Coin Show, which runs from Friday April 6 to Sunday April 8.

About Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.

Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.​

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