China 1997 50 yuan KM-1089
This specimen was lot 2334 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,703.75. The catalog description noted, "CHINA. 50 Yuan, 1997. NGC PROOF-69 ULTRA CAMEO. Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Authorized mintage of only 1,500 pieces. Nearly perfect and free of tone, haze, or fog." The Chinese government has, since the mid 1980's, produced a mind boggling array of bullion related collectibles. This NCLT is one of a series depicting incidents from the ancient Chinese novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Recorded mintage: 1,500 proofs.
Specification: 151.5 g, .999 fine silver, 4.83 troy oz ASW, 70 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-1089.
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- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.