Heritage’s Dec. 9-11 World Coins Auction Tops $8.68 Million, Led by 1911 “Long-Whiskered Dragon” Dollar

There was a Hsuan-t'ung silver Specimen Pattern "Long-Whiskered Dragon" Dollar Year 3 (1911) SP64+ NGC that sold for $630,000, which led Heritage's HKINF World Coins Platinum Session and Signature® Auction to a total of $8,685,913 on December 9-11.

Of all the Pattern Long-Whiskered Dragon Dollars that are now in existence, this particular specimen is the best one that has ever been made available through Heritage Auctions, the most prestigious numismatic auctioneer in the world.

A Republic Chu Yu-pu Specimen Pattern Medallic Dollar ND (1927) SP61 PCGS, L&M-962, Kann-690, WS-0125 sold for $528,000 after over two dozen offers. This stunning Medallic Pattern Dollar from the Ta Han Collection is the second of two in the auction, a rare occurrence for coins of this level.

A Choice Mint State Kiangnan Dragon Dollar, which sold for $504,000, was the third coin in the auction to net more over $500,000 in cash. This rare sample from the J.R. S. Affra Collection, a cornerstone of Kiangnan's numismatic heritage, has the second-highest grade classification on the PCGS census, combining rarity, beauty, and prestige.

Republican Sun Yat-sen silver specimen It may be the rarest Italian Pattern "Junk" Dollar Year 18 (1929)-R SP62 PCGS, yet buyers sought it until it sold for $312,000. It is a prized Italian idea by Attilio Motti, one of Europe's most famous 20th-century engravers, who delicately sculpted the type's image and "Junk" from the Ta Han Collection. Rare, only appearing on the market every few years.

An excellent Kuang-hsü Dollar CD 1900 MS65 PCGS sold for $288,000. Very few examples can equal this example's beauty and conditional excellence. This piece and an inconceivable MS66+ are the only Gem-graded specimens out of almost 750.

Victoria gold Proof "Una and the Lion" 5 Pounds 1839 PR62 Ultra Cameo NGC sold for $276,000. In the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, it was struck. This 19th-century masterpiece by Royal Mint Chief Engraver William Wyon highly coveted.

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