Hong Kong 1972-KN 10 cents
This specimen was lot 72312 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, October 2019), where it sold for $504. The catalog description noted, ""HONG KONG. 10 Cents, 1972-KN. King's Norton mint. PCGS SPECIMEN-67 Gold Shield. A stunning, immensely superlative Gem, this blazing example is tied with just one other specimen for the finest certified by PCGS. Wholly brilliant and pleasing. Ex: King's Norton Mint Collection." This type was struck at the Heaton and King's Norton Mints 1971-80 and this date is listed as worthless in all grades. This module and alloy was introduced in 1948 and used until 1982, when the denomination was reduced to 2 grams. British coinage for Hong Kong ceased in 1997 when the island was returned to China. The bust of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse.
Recorded mintage: 20,000,000.
Specification: 4.46 g, nickel-brass, reeded edge, 20.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-28.3.
- 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.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The October 2019 Collector's Choice Sale: World and Ancient Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.