284: CHINA-CHEKIANG 1902 1 Dollar Copper Pattern, UNC
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CHINA-CHEKIANG Undated (1902) One Dollar Copper Pattern, Kann 119-I, KM Pn8, UNC. Ex Sydney Hagley, Ex Max Stern 1967 Melbourne Australia. The silver version of this pattern is exceedingly rare - only a handful of pieces are known to exist. Kann apparently did not own the coin, as it did not appear in any of the three sales of his collection during 1971-1972. Kann dates this series to 1902 (Kann 119-I; KM Pn7), which agrees with the records of the Heaton Mint in Birmingham, England where the dies were produced and where this pattern was struck. This coin is inscribed CHE-KIANG PROVINCE (instead of Cheh-Kiang) and depicts what has been called a "drunken dragon" - a design only used on this set of patterns, which were never struck for circulation. A uniface, white metal striking of the dragon side of this coin was made for inclusion in Heaton Mint salesmen's sample cases. One of these cases was offered in our December 2007 sale. The copper striking offered here is extremely rare, and is unlisted in the Kann catalog. Though H. Chang had listed it in his 1981 catalog, Silver Dollars and Taels of China,but it appeared in Hongkong Pacific Coast Auction in Sep 1989. A similar coin was sold at US $41,400 in Champion Hong Kong Auction(6) in June 2008 sale and US $48,300 in Champion eBay Liveauction Internet Auction 1.