Hong Kong 1890 50 cents

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Heritage sale 3020, lot 24238
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 24238 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $12,925. The catalog description[1] noted, "Victoria 50 Cents 1890, MS62 NGC, sharply detailed, old-time colorful toning, untouched original surfaces, seldom found so fine." This type was struck at the London mint 1890-94 (shown here) and at Heaton 1891-92. This specimen sold for 21 times the catalog value.

Recorded mintage: 50,000.

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

Catalog reference: KM 9.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.

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