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    Impressive Treasure Trove of Early Chinese Rarities

    American Bank Note Company Display of Rare and Scarce Proofs from the Early Ta-Ching Government Bank and Bank of China Issues.
    Referred to by the consignor as the "Forbidden Palace Display," this piece is an absolutely elusive and comprehensive collection of proofs from China during the turn of the 20th century, not only in denominations but also in designs. Collectors of all types should first be drawn to the portrait of Yuan Shikai in the upper left. Even though the portrait is familiar to many from the "Fat Man" dollars, those more knowledgeable of history will know that he himself tried to create a new Empire of China, but was deposed in the first year of his reign, 1916. Only one series of notes from 1914 bore his image as a testament to his eventually futile ambitions. As a result, very few notes with his portrait were issued, and most were redeemed and destroyed once he turned against the new Republic of China. Thus, any notes of any type bearing his portrait is very rare. Keen collectors will also notice that there are two Proofs of the 100 Dollar design. These two highest denomination are hiding behind Bank of Communications 5 Dollar Proofs (coincidentally both featuring trains) in the upper left and bottom right of the banknote rosette. There is an additional 50 Dollar note hiding behind the 1 Dollar Yellow Emperor design in the lower left, for a total of 4 Fat Man Proofs.

    Collectors will then notice several examples featuring a familiar face -- Li Hongzhang. These notes featuring the statesman is a part of the only series printed by the American Bank Note Company for the Ta-Ching Government Bank, which later became the Bank of China after the establishment of the Republic. Both face and backs of the 5, 50, and 100 Dollar designs are seen, along with the back of a 20 Dollar design. An impressive set of designs, especially of the large denominations which are difficult to find in any type.

    With the establishment of the Republic of China, the bank's name was changed to the Bank of China (the same bank operating today) and the portraits of its first series of notes changed to the politically neutral Yellow Emperor. Most interestingly, the 20 Dollar design of 1913 in the very middle of the rosette is not known to have been issued in the Standard Catalog. Luckily for collectors, the back for this discovery piece is located to the left of the face. Issues from both 1912 and 1913 are noted in the frame, including both face and back proofs of the highest denomination of 100 Dollars.

    Rounding out the lot are designs from domestic and foreign banks operating in the early years of the Republic of China who also contracted notes from the American Bank Note Company. The Bank of Communications is represented by the back of the 1913 1 Dollar note and the face and back of the 1913 5 Dollar note. A later 50 Dollar design is also seen. The American International Banking Corporation is represented by the face of a Beijing branch 5 Dollar issue and the back of a Canton branch 10 Dollar issue. The back of a Provincial Bank of Kwangtung 5 Dollar design rounds out the notes.

    A simply amazing collection, not only because of its comprehensiveness but sheer rarity of some of the designs and the perfect state of preservation. Our estimate is only a bidding start point for what will be one of the most important pieces of Chinese numismatics to ever cross the auction block.

    The designs included are:
    Ta-Ching Government Bank
    5 Dollars 1.10.1909 Pick A77 Face and Back Proofs
    50 Dollars 1.10.1909 Pick A78A Face and Back Proofs
    100 Dollars 1.10.1909 Pick A78B Face and Back Proofs
    10 Dollars 1.10.1909 Pick A78 Back Proof

    Bank of China
    1 Dollar 1.6.1912 Pick 25 Face Proof
    5 Dollars 1.6.1912 Pick 26 Face Proof
    1 Dollar 1.6.1913 Pick 30 Back Proof
    5 Dollars 1.6.1913 Pick 31 Face Proof
    20 Dollars 1.6.1913 Pick Unlisted Face and Back Proofs
    100 Dollars 1.6.1913 Pick 32B Face and Back Proofs

    5 Yuan 4.10.1914 Pick 34 Face Proof
    50 Yuan 4.10.1914 Pick 35A Face Proof
    100 Yuan 4.10.14 Pick 35B Face Proof
    100 Yuan 4.10.14 Pick 35B Face Proof

    Bank of Communications
    1 Dollar 1.7.1913 Pick 110 Back Proof
    5 Dollars 1.7.1913 Pick 111 Face and Back Proofs
    50 Yuan 1.10.1914 Pick 119 Face Proof

    International Banking Corporation
    Canton 10 Dollars 1.1.1909 Pick S403 Back Proof
    Peking 5 Dollars 1.1.1910 Pick S413 Face Proof

    Provincial Bank of Kwangtung Province
    5 Dollars 1.1.1913 Pick S2398 Back Proof (Total: 26 notes)


    極珍罕早期大清銀行及中國銀行試樣票

    美國鈔票公司印製,早期大清銀行及中國銀行珍罕試樣票。
    一套無論面值還是設計都絕對罕見且完整的收藏,來自中國20世紀交由美國鈔票公司發行的試樣票,放置于20世紀期間特製的玻璃框架内,並曾于美鈔公司的紐約辦事處展示過。内含26個當時不同銀行組成的正背面試樣票,極爲罕見。

    各界藏家都首先會被左上的袁世凱像試樣票吸引。大多數人都對「袁大頭」不陌生,歷史愛好者更是知道他曾經試圖建立中華帝國,但僅在第一年,1916年,帝制便以失敗收場。1914年的紙鈔中只有一個系列印有袁世凱像,證明了他徒勞的野心。最終,這批鈔票僅有少量發行,他背叛新中華民國后,幾乎全部被銷毀或贖回。因此,袁像票十分罕見。敏銳的藏家會發現壹佰圓有兩版設計。這兩張面值最高的紙幣都藏在交通銀行發行的左上和右下伍圓樣票下(巧合的是,兩張都有火車圖案)。還有一張伍拾圓票藏在壹圓皇帝票的左下,總共為四張袁世凱像票。

    接下來,藏家會注意到一張熟悉的面孔 - 李鴻章。這些以政治家為主角的鈔票是美國鈔票公司為大清政府銀行印製的一部分,大清政府銀行後來成為中華人民共和國成立後的中國銀行。可以看到伍圓、伍拾圓和壹佰圓的正背面設計,以及貳拾圓的背面設計。令人印象深刻的一套設計,尤指大面值的任何類型都極其罕見珍貴。

    隨著中華人民共和國的成立,大清銀行改為中國銀行(即現今正在經營的同名銀行)。有趣的是,位於中間的1913年貳拾圓未收錄于標準目錄中,其背面位於正面的左邊。包括最高面值壹佰圓在内的正背面樣票,1912年、1913年字樣均帶框。

    此外,還有來自民國初期經營的國內外銀行的設計,這些銀行也與美國鈔票公司簽有合約。有1913年交通銀行的壹圓背面和伍圓正背面,亦可見後期的伍拾圓設計。有美國國際銀行集團的北京分行伍圓正面,及廣東分行拾圓背面和廣東省銀行伍圓背面設計。

    這組包含了:-
    大清銀行兌換券
    宣統元年(1909)伍圓,正背面試樣票
    宣統元年(1909)伍拾圓,正背面試樣票
    宣統元年(1909)壹佰圓,正背面試樣票
    宣統元年(1909)拾圓,背面試樣票

    中國銀行兌換券
    1912年壹圓,正面試樣票
    1912年伍圓,正面試樣票
    1913年壹圓,背面試樣票
    1913年伍圓,正面試樣票
    1913年貳拾圓,正背面試樣票
    1913年壹佰圓,正背面試樣票

    1914年伍圓,正面試樣票
    1914年伍拾圓,正面試樣票
    1914年壹佰圓,正面試樣票(2枚)

    交通銀行
    1913年壹圓,背面試樣票
    1913年伍圓,正背面試樣票
    1913年伍拾圓,正面試樣票

    美商北京花旗銀行
    1909年拾圓,廣東地名,背面試樣票
    1910年伍圓,北京地名,正面試樣票

    廣東沙面萬國通寶銀行
    1913年伍圓,背面試樣票(合共26枚)


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