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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 6, February 6, 2022, Article 20

NUMISMATIC AUCTIONS SALE 66 CHINESE HIGHLIGHTS

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. -Editor

  NA Sale 66 Lot 1516 group

Lot 1516: Amazing Chinese Cash Coinage Numismatic History Sextet of Original Dies, Molds and Exhibit Worthy Stuart Lockhart Memorabilia. 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.

  NA Sale 66 Lot 1516 dies 1 NA Sale 66 Lot 1516 dies 2

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.

Also, apparent 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.

  NA Sale 66 Lot 1516 mold 1
  NA Sale 66 Lot 1516 mold 2

NA Sale 66 Lot 1516 coins and labels Additionally 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 lifetime 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. -Editor

  NA Sale 66 Lot 1539 Tsao Kun Silver Medal obverse in hand NA Sale 66 Lot 1539 Tsao Kun Silver Medal reverse in hand

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!). -Editor

  NA Sale 66 offices  01 NA Sale 66 offices  02
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  NA Sale 66 offices  08 Numismatic Auctions LLC mascot Murphy

Steve adds:

"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!"

To bid on the live bidding portal, see:
https://numismaticauctions.nextlot.com/public/

For more information, see:
https://numismaticauctionsllc.com/

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NUMISMATIC AUCTIONS LLC SALE 66 (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n02a18.html)
NUMISMATIC AUCTIONS SALE 66 CONDER TOKENS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n03a22.html)
NUMISMATIC AUCTIONS SALE 66 SELECTIONS (https://www.coinbooks.org/v25/esylum_v25n05a20.html)

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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