Hong Kong 1902 50 cents
This specimen was lot 4239 in Goldberg sale 70 (Los Angeles, September 2012), where it sold for $97.75. The catalog description 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Illustrated Catalog of Hong Kong Currency, Hong Kong: Mars Numismatic Co., 2012.
- Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 70: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2012.