Stack's Bowers and Ponterio to Offer Over 450 Lots of World Paper Money in Hong Kong,China

Posted on 8/6/2012

The Hong Kong, China Sale runs August 19 - 22 with World Paper Money being offered August 22.

[Irvine, Calif.] – Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is set to conduct the August 2012 Hong Kong, China sale from August 19 through August 22 at the Mira Hong Kong,China in Kowloon. Following the successful sale in April that realized over USD$10.5 million, this sale is poised to rise to equally impressive heights. More than 2,300 lots of Chinese and Asian coins and banknotes will be presented over four days, in addition to an internet-only session containing nearly 600 lots that will close on August 23.

World Paper Money will be offered in Session 4, which will take place on Wednesday, August 22 beginning at 12:30 PM HKT. The session opens with lot 53001, the finest certified Ming Dynasty 1 Kuan P-AA10 graded PMG About Uncirculated 55 Net, a wonderfully high quality example from a series that has received growing attention in the last few years. Among Provincial bank issues is a Hupeh Government Mint Seven Mace Two Candareens in PMG Very Fine 30. This beautiful, large format note is striking both for its size and coloring, and is sure to be a highlight of the paper money session.

“The Chinese market has certainly matured over the last three years, but the enthusiasm remains very strong,” said Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio executive vice president Rick Ponterio. “We are seeing buyers becoming more discerning than in the past which only raises the interest and competition for the true rarities. Every session of this auction contains great pieces, and I am excited to see how high they will climb when the bidding really gets going.”

Additional paper money highlights of the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August 2012 Sale include:

  • Lot 53012, CHINA--EMPIRE. Imperial Bank of China. 1 Tael, 14.11.1898. P-A40a. PMG Choice Very Fine 35.
  • Lot 53144, CHINA--PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC. Bank of China. 100 Yuan, 1979. P-FX7. Original Pack of Specimens.
  • Lot 53189, CHINA--FOREIGN BANKS. Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. $5, 1.3.1923. P-S353. PMG About Uncirculated 55 EPQ.
  • Lot 53219, CHINA--FOREIGN BANKS. Russo-Asiatic Bank. $100, ND (1910). P-S466. PMG Choice About Uncirculated 58.
  • Lot 53307, CHINA--MISCELLANEOUS. Sin Chun Bank of China. $10, 1908. P-NL. PMG Choice Uncirculated 64 EPQ.

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is currently accepting consignments for their next sale in Hong Kong,China, which will take place in April 2013, as well as for the Official Auction of the November 2012 Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo and the January 2013 N.Y.I.N.C. auction. All lot descriptions and images in the August 2012 Hong Kong Auction can be viewed online at the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio website, Pre-auction bids will be accepted at; by e-mail at; by phone at 949.253.0916; by fax at 949.253.4091; and by postal mail addressed to Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, Hong Kong August 2012, 1063 McGaw Avenue, Suite 100, Irvine, CA, 92614. Interested bidders are also encouraged to view lots onsite in Hong Kong,China and bid in-person at the live auction, or live online through the Stack’s Bowers Galleries website. A complete auction and lot viewing schedule is available at or by calling 949.253.0916.

About Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio
Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the world and ancients auction division of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, a division of Fortune 500 Company Spectrum Group International. It was founded in 1982 as Ponterio & Associates by Richard Ponterio, renowned specialist in world and ancient numismatics, who is now executive vice president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries. Past auctions have included such notable coin collections as the Wa She Wong Collection, the John S. Davenport Collection, the Witte Museum Collection, the Amat Collection, the Joe Lasser Collection, and the James Hunnicut Collection. Distinguished paper money collections include the East Bay Collection of International Bank Notes, and the Eduard Kann Chinese Bank Note Collection, along with treasure collections from the shipwrecks “Nicobar,” “Rooswijk,” and “Capitana.”

This is a guest article. The thoughts and opinions in this piece are those of their author and are not necessarily the thoughts of the Certified Collectibles Group.

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