(Hong Kong) -- Rare coins certified for authenticity and grade by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGSAsia.com) will be among the top highlights at five auctions conducted in conjunction with the August 2014 Hong Kong International Coin Convention and Antique Watch Fair (HICC).
In addition, collectors and dealers are welcome to have their coins personally examined by Mike Sargent of PCGS during a "Meet the Expert" session, from 2 pm to 3 pm on Thursday, 21 August, in the Crystal Room of the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Hong Kong.
"Collectors and dealers in Asia and around the world know that the PCGS certification helps maximize the value and the liquidity of their coins," said Ms Muriel Eymery, PCGS Vice President of International Development.
Auctions will be conducted by the HICC organizer Ma Tak Wo Numismatic Company, Inc. jointly with A.H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd.; Stack's Bowers and Ponterio; Ding Feng, Rarehouse and by Spink & Son.
Mr. Ma of Ma/Baldwin stated: "Generally, people are more comfortable with 'graded' coins in auctions. From personal experience, certified coins usually command about 15% to 20% premium (over prices for similar coins that have not been certified)."
Ma/Baldwin auction highlights include:
- Lot 380: Kirin Province Silver 50-Cents, CD1908, Manchu characters variety (Kann 570; L&M 577; KM Y182b), PCGS AU55. Estimate: US$10,000 - 12,000.
Lot 693: French Indo-China: Proof Set 1889A, comprising Bronze Cent, Silver 10-Cents, 20-Cents, 50-Cents and Piastre, complete with gilt decorated blue leather case of issue (Lec 7, 42, 131, 190, 255, 271; for set with case Lec 313; KM PS1). In PCGS holders graded PR64RB, PR64+RB, PR64, PR64, PR64, PR64 respectively. Estimate: US$20,000 - 25,000.
- Lot 694: French Indo-China: Proof Set 1900A, comprising Bronze Cent, Silver 10-Cents, 20-Cents, 50-Cents and Piastre (Lec 16, 56, 143 203, 259, 283; KM PS2). In PCGS holders graded PR65RB, PR66RB, PR65, PR65+, PR64, PR65 respectively. Estimate: US$10,000 - 15,000.
Spink highlights include:
- Lot No 78: China, Fengtien Province,Silver Dollar, 1898, Central Mint, dragon and ball at centre, legend as complete circle of Chinese characters on obverse, English, Chinese and Manchurian script on reverse, PCGS MS62. Estimate: HK$120,000 - 140,000.
- Lot No. 110: Taiwan, 'Old Man', $1, no date (1837 - 1845) God of Longevity holding a staff on obverse, sacrificial vase and Manchurian script on reverse, PCGS Genuine AU Details. Estimate: HK$150,000 - 200,000.
- Lot No. 143: FukienProvince, Silver 20cents, 1927, issued to commemorate the Nationalist victory of the Northern Expedition. Crossed flags at centre, Chinese legend, the reverse shows a book, rifle, axe and abacus, PCGS MS62. Estimate: HK$85,000 - 95,000.
Rarehouse highlights include:
- Lot 1125: Central Mint, China Empire Silver Dollar, CD (1911) (L&M-37). PCGS MS64. Estimate: US$6,000 - 8,000.
- Lot 1142: AnhweiProvince, Kuang Hsu Silver Dollar, Yr 24 (1898) (L&M-199), ASTC, tall 4. PCGS MS64. Estimate: US$50,000 - 80,000.
- Lot: 1205: ChehkiangProvince, Kuang Hsu Silver 50 Cents, ND (1899) (L&M-283). PCGS MS64. Estimate: US$50,000 - 100,000.
- Lot: 1338: Yuan Shih Kai Republican Commemorative Silver Dollar, ND (1916) (L&M-858). PCGS MS66. Estimate: US$20,000 - 30,000.
DF Auction highlights include:
- Lot 0679: 1867 Shanghai One Tael Pattern coin PCGS SP62 Estimate: US$90,000 - 150,000.
- Lot 0746: 1914 One dollar Pattern with Signature L. Giorgi PCGS SP61. Estimate USD$10,000 - 12,000
Stacks Bowers & Ponterio auction highlights include:
- Lot 40227: China 500 Yuan 1992 Panda Series (Fr-B3; KM-400; PAN-175a). PCGS Proof-68 Deep Cameo. Estimate US$35,000 - $45,000.
- Lot 41431: 1928 Kewchow One Dollar Y-428 LM-609, 2 leaves. PCGS AU55. Estimate US$35,000 - $45,000
- Lot 41396: Reversed Dragon Pattern Dollar (Type II), Year 3 (1911). Tientsin Mint. Raised Veins Reverse Dragon 1911 Pattern Dollar, L&M-31; K-225; KM-Pn308; WS-0042A; Chang Foundation-pg. 86#37; Wenchao-pg. 134#115 PCGS SP-62. Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000.
Coins can be submitted at the PCGS starting from August 19th to August 21st in Crystal room 3 and August 22nd at HICC booth Bouse B, Booths #220-223 at the Holiday Inn Golden Mile in Hong Kong. For on-site grading, coins must be submitted by 5:00 PM, Friday, August 22, and will be available for pick up by the end of the show on Sunday, August 24.
Appointments can also be made to submit coins at the PCGSHong KongSubmissionCenter.