Taiwan ND (1841-1850) $1 'Old Man' Kann-1i

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Taiwan was originally administered as part of Fujian Province. The archipelago became its own province in 1875. It was seized by Japan in the First Sino-Japanese War in 1895, and returned in 1945. The Republic of China government made Taiwan its seat in 1949, and it has been administered as a separate country since, though the People’s Republic of China does not recognize its sovereignty.

The specimen shown was lot 60669 in Ponterio sale 162 (Hong Kong, August 2011), where it sold for $8,635. The catalog description[1] noted, "CHINA. Taiwan. "Old Man" Dollar, ND (ca. 1841-50). 台灣老公銀餅。Many large chopmarks. 有許多加蓋戳記。NGC XF Details--Chopmarked. Ex: The Frank Robinson Collection."

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 26.80 g, silver.

Catalog reference: L&M-320; K-1i; C-25.3; Hsu-545.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • Kann, Eduard. Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins, Vol. 1 of 3. Bronx, NY: Ishi Press International, 2006.
  • Lin Gwo Ming, Illustrated Catalogue of Chinese Gold & Silver Coins: Ching and Republican Issues, Seventh Edition, Hong Kong: Ma Tak Wo Numismatic Co., Ltd., 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 162: The August 2011 Hong Kong Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2011.

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