Stacks Bowers and Ponterio to Present More Than 3,100 Lots Over Four Days in Hong Kong

Author: Stack's Bowers Galleries / March 28, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. (March 28, 2012) – Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio will present an exceptional selection of more than 3,100 lots of Chinese and East Asian coins and banknotes at The Mira Hong Kong, April 1-4, 2012, HKT. The four-day auction event is estimated to realize more than $10 million USD and offers three catalogs spotlighting a multitude of collections and highlights including the Wa She Wong Collection, Part III, the Frank Robinson Collection, Part II, the Dr. John Abner Snell Collection, Duplicates from the American Numismatic Society Museum Collection, and several others. Interested bidders are invited to join the live auction at The Mira in Kowloon, Hong Kong, or to bid online at

The April 2012 auction comes as a follow-up to the highly successful Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Auction of August 2011 that also featured the popular Wa She Wong Collection and the Frank Robinson Collection, and realized an incredible total in excess of USD$17.7 million.

“We are very pleased to report that since our first auction in 2010, our Hong Kong auctions continue to gain momentum,” said Rick Ponterio, executive vice president. “We now have four very busy days of auctions in April packed with the best Asian coins and paper money crossing the block in recent memory, from ancients through modern centuries. The demand for Chinese numismatics continues to excel and we expect a full house and a lot of spirited bidding action.”

Highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April 2012 Hong Kong Auction include:

Main Catalog

Lot 20388 - CHINA. Hunan Soviet. Dollar (Yuan), 1931. PCGS Genuine–Cleaning Secure Holder. 
Estimate $150,000-$200,000

Lot 20605 - CHINA. Yuan Dynasty Zhi Yuan. 50 Tael "Yuan Bao" Ingot, Year 14 (1277). Estimate $50,000-$75,000

Lot 21053 - CHINA. Chihli (Pei Yang Arsenal). Dollar, Year 22 (1896). NGC AU Details–Surface Hairlines. NGC AU. Estimate $100,000-$150,000

Lot 21336 - CHINA. Kiangnan. 7 Mace 2 Candareens (Dollar), ND (1897). NGC MS-63.  NGC MS-63. Estimate $100,000-$150,000

Modern Catalog

Lot 23306 - CHINA. 1,500 Yuan, 1990. Dragon & Phoenix Series. Estimate $175,000-$225,000

Lot 23576 - CHINA. 10,000 Yuan, 2002. Lunar Series, Year Of The Horse. NGC PROOF-69 ULTRA CAMEO. Estimate $400,000-$500,000

Paper Money Catalog

Lot 24491 - CHINA–PROVINCIAL BANKS. Hupeh Government Mint. 7 Mace 2 Candareens, Yr. 25 (1899). P-S2135. PMG Choice Very Fine 35 Net. Repaired. Estimate $25,000-$35,000

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio will return to Hong Kong in August 2012 with its next auction to include the Wa She Wong Collection, Part IV, and they are currently welcoming consignments for all upcoming auctions. 

All lot descriptions and images in the April 2012 Hong Kong Auction can be viewed online at the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio website, Online bidding is open for world lots and pre-auction bids will be accepted at; by e-mail at [email protected]; by phone at 949.253.0916; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, Hong Kong April 2012, 1063 McGaw Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, 92614. Interested bidders are also encouraged to view lots onsite in Hong Kong and bid in-person at the live auction, or live online through the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at or by calling 949.253.0916.

About Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the world and ancients auction division of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International. It was founded in 1982 as Ponterio & Associates by Richard Ponterio, renowned specialist in world and ancient numismatics, who is now executive vice president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Past auctions have included such notable coin collections as the Wa She Wong Collection, the John S. Davenport Collection, the Witte Museum Collection, the Amat Collection, the Joe Lasser Collection, and the James Hunnicut Collection. Distinguished paper money collections include the East Bay Collection of International Bank Notes, and the Eduard Kann Chinese Bank Note Collection, along with treasure collections from the shipwrecks “Nicobar,” “Rooswijk,” and “Capitana.” 

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