Hong Kong 1902 50 cents

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Goldberg sale 70, lot 4239
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4239 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it sold for $97.75. The catalog description[1] noted, "Hong Kong. 50 Cents, 1902. Edward VII. Blue and red toning. NGC graded AU-53. The Charles Ruby Collection." This type was struck 1902-05 and is not common. No additional fifty cent pieces were struck for Hong Kong until 1951, by which time the coin was brass. British coinage for Hong Kong ceased in 1997 when the island was returned to China.

Recorded mintage: 100,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 13.57 g, .800 fine silver, .349 troy oz ASW.

Catalog reference: KM-15.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • Illustrated Catalog of Hong Kong Currency, Hong Kong: Mars Numismatic Co., 2012.
  • [1]Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.

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