Coin of 'China's most powerful warlord' could sell for $6.5k



2015-06-26 11:54:36

Coin of 'China's most powerful warlord' could sell for $6.5k

Featuring a feared Qing Dynasty politician, this rare numismatic artefact will auction in Singapore

Mavin International Pte Ltd will hold an auction of rare and collectible coins and banknotes over two consecutive Saturdays, March 13 and 20.

Highlights in the sale will include this select uncirculated General Issue Dollar coin from 1924, graded NGC MS64.

 Tuan Chi-jui inspired fear and respect during his illustrious career

Depicted on the coin's surface is Tuan Chi-jui. It was issued during the first year of his provisional presidency of China, between 1924-26.

Earlier issues of the coin from 1912 feature Yan Shih-kai, China's president between 1912-16 beneath whom Chi-jui served as minister of war.

Today, Tuan Chi-jui - or Duan Quirui - is remembered as arguably the most powerful man in China between 1916-20, due to the fear and respect he gained as a warlord and politician in the Qing Dynasty.

The coin will appear in Mavin's auction with an estimate of $6,000-6,500.

Mavin'sfirst Saturday session (March 13) willfeature a collection ofCoins & Postcards, while the latter (March 20) focusses on the Monetary Authority of Singapore & Banknotes.

Elsewhere, memorabilia and artefacts from the Qing Dynasty have made a number of noteworthy auction appearances, in recent months.

 The uncirculated General Issue Dollar coin from 1924, graded NGC MS64

In September of last year, in Hong Kong, an 1897 Qing Dynasty Three Cents Red Revenue stamp sold for the highest amount ever paid for a Chinese Stamp.

One of only 50 such stamps to ever be created -of which only 32 can be accounted for today - itfar exceeded its $250,000 estimate tobring a World Record-breaking $331,671.

More recently, a Silver Pattern Proof Dollar from 1916 - when China was in transition from the last of the Qing dynasty Emperors to its Republic - sold at Baldwin's, earlier this month.

Depicting Yuan Shih-Kai in military uniform, the excellent condition coin more than doubled its $15,000 estimate, bringing $32,000.

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