Numismatic Auctions LLC February 2022 sale #66 includes some interesting Chinese material. Owners Steve and Lisa Davis passed along these photos of lot 1516, a group of coin dies and molds with related items. Thanks.
Lot 1516: Amazing Chinese Cash Coinage Numismatic History Sextet
of Original Dies, Molds and Exhibit Worthy Stuart Lockhart
An exciting array highlighted by a pair of what
appear to be original defaced, yet clearly identifiable steel
Provincial 10 Cash reverse dies with rosette at centers, cylindrical
height and base diameter measurements of 44x33mm and
37x32mm respectively, weighing 266 grams and 218 grams each.
Grading nearly EF detail where present, old intentional effacing or
cancellation chisel marks to faces of each die and light adhering
rust and micro pitting overall, but perhaps unique.
Legend has it
that cancelled dies were cast into the Yangtze River, perhaps these
represent a rare recovery from such a disposal.
Stone molds for casting Ancient Chinese Cash Coin trees(2),
31cm x 9.75cm and a second fragmented/broken example, 13.5cm
x 8cm, some wear, cracks and chipping damage from use and/
or improper storage with trace of old adhesive dealer, collector
or museum tag residue, but some very neat pieces.
the preceding items are accompanied by three small Cash coins,
attributed on cards as Lockhart-142 and 152(2) respectively, avg
VF; mounted onto two possibly reduced size, original Stewart
Lockhart collection cardstock/pages from his personal holdings.
Descriptions in ink and attributions are hand written as made.
These items are rarely, if ever available and will likely never
appear again once they go to a new collector home. A once in a
Holy Grail type of ensemble for the advanced collector
of Chinese Bronze Cash Coinage that would make excellent
exhibition and educational centerpieces for years to come. Fresh to
the market after decades of storage and worthy of a close review.
Viewing strongly recommended. 6 items. ($1000-1500)
And here's a rare medal in the sale.
Lot 1539: [Medal] Tsao Kun Silver Medal, ND(1923). P
Plain edge. L&M960. AU, expert edge mount removal, retoning nicely from a light
old cleaning. Quite attractive and rarely offered. ($2000-2500)
This is a huge sale and Steve and his crew have been running ragged previewing lots for bidders. There are nearly 3,300 lots composed of 250,000-500,000 coins, tens of thousands of tokens and medals, and 50,000-100,000 banknotes. Lots range from $50 to $50,000 with something for virtually every type and level of collector.
To get a feel for the scale, here are some photos of the company offices (and their new mascot Murphy!).
"We have sort of had to live at the office as there's too much material to put away each night! It takes four hours to get out and set up and four hours to tear down and put away! To quote one of my fly-in viewers I overheard on a call to someone back in their office:
I am sitting in a freaking warehouse literally filled with coins somewhere in Michigan, you wouldn't believe it!"
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