At 1pm on the 2nd of
April, Spink China's new Numismatic staff will, for the first time
collaboratively, offer a wide selection of bonds, coins and
Hundreds of banknotes, coins and
bonds and shares will be up for auction in the Numismatic
Collector's Series Sale held in Hong Kong.
Containing a wide mix of items with
provenances ranging from long time collectors to the Numismatic
trade and banknote archives.
There are many highlights of the
sale, including lot 108, a Share Certificate for $100. Dated 1909,
the Certificate is from the Hou De Industrial Bank primarily set up
by former employees of the Ta Ching Government bank, later became
The Bank of China. However, due to corruption and cronyism, massive
debts were accrued in just one year, forcing the Hou De Industrial
Bank to face bankruptcy and causing one of the most famous banking
scandals in the late Qing era.
This Certificate is in impeccable
condition, complete with its original envelope. Estimated
HK$20,000-30,000, it is one of the most valuable Certificates in
Another highlight of the sale is
lot 132, a Share Certificate from the Kowloon Motor Bus Company
Limited, dated 1927.
Signed in brush writing by the
founder, Mr. Lui Leung, this Certificate also comes with other
paperwork detailing the transfer of shares to another party.
Since most of the share
certificates are still retained by the Lui family, this is a rare
opportunity for collectors of scripophily and KMB material to
obtain a Certificate from a company which still provides public
transport for the citizens of Hong Kong. It is estimated to receive
Another noteworthy item is lot 351,
a beautiful 20 cents from the Kwangtung Mint.
Coins of this design that come into
auction are most commonly dated 1928 or 1929, however, this coin is
dated 1930, something that rarely comes into market.
Due to the closure of the Mint in
1931, the coins date suggests it was probably one of the last to be
struck by the company. Krause catalogues state that there is only
one example of this coin to be known.
Commemorating the last moments of
the Kwangtung Mint, the coin is estimated HK$140,000-160,000.
Another coin is lot 371, a Silver
Dollar from the Republic of China from 1926. The coin showcases one
of the four designs of the famous Manchurian Warlord, Chang Cho
Lin, before his assassination by the Japanese in 1928.
Being one of the few slabbed by an
independent grading company, it is extremely rare, with an estimate
of HK$1,300,000; it truly is an item to watch out for.
Estimated: HK$1,100,000 to
The auction not only contains
beautiful and valuable items, but also contains unusual rarities
that will intrigue and excite Numismatists and currency lovers
Lot 1135A, is a perfect example of
the rarities this sale has to offer. A People's Bank of China,
2nd series renminbi, 3 yuan, dated 1953.
Despite its early date, the series
renminbi was introduced in 1955 to replace the original
1st series (which ran from 1948-1955) at a rate of 1 new
yuan to 10,000 old yuan.
Within this series of coins, an
unusual denomination was introduced; 3 yuan.
Highly sought after, especially
since this banknote has been graded highly by an independent
currency authentication company, it is estimated HK$105,000 -
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