Ponterio & Associates' Hong Kong Auction Features the Wa She Wong Collection
Posted on 10/12/2010
Ponterio & Associates, a division of Bowers and Merena Auctions, will present the Wa She Wong Collection of Chinese and Asian coins, as well as other fine properties, in its December Hong Kong Auction on December 3-4, 2010, at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers. The Wa She Wong Collection represents one of the most important offerings of Chinese and Asian coins to ever be held.
“The Wa She Wong Collection contains rarities that are an honor to view, let alone bid upon,” said Rick Ponterio, executive vice president of Bowers and Merena. “We are extremely proud to have been entrusted with its sale as it is one of the most memorable collections I have had the pleasure of preparing for auction. Bidders from around the world have begun to make reservations to attend the highly anticipated Hong Kong Auction in December for a chance to bid on the lots firsthand.”
The Wa She Wong Collection is a masterfully gathered assortment of rare coins of China, including many rarities which are coveted by the most important collectors of Chinese numismatics as well as many scarce pattern coins, which are coins of proposed designs and strikes of that were never released into the general circulation. An extremely unique coin in the collection is the Szechuan 30 Cash Struck in Copper, 1904, HSU-289, CCC-Unlisted. Considered one of the 100 greatest Chinese coins, there was believed to have been only three known in existence until the fourth was unearthed in the Wa She Wong Collection after being hidden away for 30 years.
The fine Wa She Wong Collection features coinage that has rarely appeared on public markets and others that are missing from most major collections. Some highlights of the auction include:
- Kwangtung Specimen set, 1890 (5 coins). K-21/25. ($1, 50¢, 20¢, 10¢, 5¢)
- Shensi Specimen Set, 1898 (4 coins). K-53, 54, 56 & 57 (50¢, 20¢, 10¢, 5¢)
- Kiangnan. Pattern dollar, 1897. Plain edge Proof. K-66.
- Kwangtung Specimen set, 1890 (5 coins). K-16/20. ($1, 50¢, 20¢, 10¢, 5¢)
- Pattern dollar, 1911. L&M-29. (Ex: Kann Collection)
All of the major coin rarities have been certified by NGC. Visit the Wa She Wong Gallery on the NGC web site to view highlights of this auction.
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