Rare Chinese Imperial gold coin will shine in Madrid


2015-06-26 11:52:58


Rare Chinese Imperial gold coin will shine in Madrid

A short-serving Emperor committed his face to gold in 1916 and the result now goes under the hammer

Yuan-Shih-Kai was a towering figure in early 20th century China. He gained a reputation as a general in the first Sino-Japanese war and in suppressing the Boxer Rebellion.

He was elected to be the President of the Republic of China from 1912-1916, before attempting to be Emperor for 11 weeks in 1916, followed a few months later by his death.

Cayon Subastas is holding a sale online and in Madrid at which the top lot may be a rare coin from Russia depicting Tsar Alexander III. However, another possibility is an extra finecollectible coin from China which marks a period of political unrest.

Yuan-Shih-Kai rare coin goldA $1 coin from Yuan-Shih-Kai's short time as Emperor (Click to enlarge)

The $1 gold coin depicts Yuan-Shih-Kai as the Emperor from that brief time in early 1916. It has been given an estimate of 9,500-12,500, though as Chinese collectibles have been tending to outdo their estimates recently (notably with world records in rare stamps) this might be exceeded.

The live auction takes place in Madrid from 26-27 February. Those interested in rare coins may wish to take a look at this selection.

Image: Cayon Subastas

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