2014年8月17日

香港精制套的前世今生


  好久没有像样的为钱币写一点什么了,顺手把这套多年前听说而新近又出来现世的神奇东西写一写。
  又想起这套,还是5月份看到Stack's Bowers的广告,才知道这货8月又要上拍了。

Spink Auction 7023 Lot 236

  作为迄今为止为人所知的唯一一套香港1868原盒精制套币,第一次出现在2007年Spink的拍卖会The Glenister Collection of British Coins & other Ancient, English & Foreign Coins & Comm Medals上。
  当年还是孤陋寡闻的自己,要感谢超二郎前辈2007年9月在钱币天堂网站上发帖《讓你認識甚麼叫做極品?》,才知晓有如此一套的存在和首次现世的消息。

@超二郎 于2007-09-27 23:54:28发表:

甚 麼 叫 做 極 品 ?
讓 你 認 識 甚 麼 叫 做 極 品 ?寫 上 這 一 句 絕 不 是 誇 大 !
這 套 可 以 說 是 香 港 極 品 ,因 為 這 套 幣 目 前 是 唯 一 ,
一 八 六 八 年 半 圓 精 鑄 幣 ,已 告 知 你 們 存 世 只 兩 枚 ,
一 枚 在 美 國 陳 醫 生 手 中 ,另 一 枚 相 信 是 這 一 套 吧 ,
但 這 一 套 令 我 目 瞪 口 呆 ,因 為 至 今 從 未 有 發 表 過 ?
伍 仙 、 一 毫 、 貳 毫 、 及 ,壹 圓 全 是 精 鑄 原 裝 錦 盒 ,
我 的 天 呀 !為 甚 麼 要 這 個 時 候 在 英 國 拍 賣 出 現 呢 ?
明 天 一 早 飛 去 歐 洲 親 手 觸 摸 一 下 這 一 套 絕 世 極 品 。
這 一 張 是 報 紙 的 宣 傳 廣 告 及 這 套 極 品 錢 幣 的 圖 片!

当年超二郎前辈所贴的报纸宣传广告

  当年Spink拍卖时的物品描述如下,对于品相语焉不详,对于稀缺性倒是大书特书。当然这描述、5到7万镑的估价和9万镑的成交价当时我并不知道。只是对超二郎前辈贴出的“神器”心向往之而已。
Lot: 236 Hong Kong, Victoria (1837-1901), The Unique 1868 Proof Set (a) Dollar, 1868, crowned head left, victoria above and queen below in Chinese scroll pattern border, rev. Chinese labyrinth encircled by four compartments containing Chinese characters hsiang chiang 1 yuan, and hong kong one dollar 1868, all within Chinese scroll pattern border, edge milled, 26.81g (KM.10; Pr.-), a few very light marks, otherwise extremely fine, rare (b) Half-Dollar, 1868, obverse similar to the Dollar, reverse legend reads hsiang chiang pan yuan, hong kong half dollar 1868, edge milled, 13.46g (KM.8; Pr.-, note p.281), hairlines, extremely fine, extremely rare, only the second example to have been offered at auction (c) 20-Cents, 1868, crowned head left, similar to the Dollar and Half-Dollar but without the decorated border, rev. four Chinese characters hsian chiang erh hao within beaded circle, hong-kong twenty cents 1868 around, edge milled, 5.36g (KM.7; Pr.19A), has been cleaned, lightly toned, extremely fine, rare (d) 10-Cents, 1868, crowned ´Gothic´ bust left, queen-victoria around, rev. four Chinese characters hsiang chiang 1 hao within beaded circle, hong kong ten cents 1868 around, edge milled, 2.68g (KM.6.3; Pr.-), cleaned, lightly toned, extremely fine, very rare (e) 5-Cents, 1868, crowned head left similar to the 20-Cents, rev. four Chinese characters hsiang chiang wu hsien within beaded circle, hong kong five cents 1868 around, edge milled, 1.38g (KM.-; Pr.-), extremely fine, light patchy and spotty toning, extremely rare with a contemporary shaped fitted case (5)
Estimate £ 50,000-70,000
This unique set of Hong Kong silver coins of 1868 has only recently come to light. Until now no such set has been recorded, and indeed there was not even a suspicion that such a set existed. The proof Dollar is not listed in Pridmore and there was no example in the Goodman collection, sold at auction by Superior Stamp and Coin, 28-29 May 1995.. The Half-Dollar is not listed at all by Pridmore for 1868. He notes ´Several reports claim that a half dollar dated 1868 exists, but such a coin has not been traced.´ There is one proof Half-Dollar in a private collection in the U.S.A. This coin was formerly in the Irving Goodman collection, lot 836. and sold for $109,250. A footnote in the Goodman catalogue states ´possibly one other example exists in a museum´. Pridmore lists a proof 20-Cents for 1868, but there was no proof example of this date in the Goodman collection. Pridmore does not list a proof for either the 10-Cents 1868 or the 5-Cents 1868, and there were no proof examples of either coin in the Goodman collection. The Hong Kong Mint, located on Sugar Street in Causeway Bay, was opened in 1866. The local merchants however were reluctant to accept the new Hong Kong Dollars, prefering the more familiar Mexican 8-Reales, and the mint operated at a loss. After less than three years in operation the mint closed in 1868. The machinery was sold to Jardine Matheson who in turn sold it to the Japanese Government for their new mint at Osaka. The Hong Kong Dollar was discontinued, and small silver coins for Hong Kong were subsequently struck in London and Birmingham.
Sold for £90,000

  又一次见到这套,已在接近一年之后的2008年9月。还是超二郎前辈在钱币天堂网站上的发帖《迎中秋賞香港稀世珍藏》,还见到了前辈宝物在手的形象。

@超二郎 于2008-09-02 00:58:34发表:

我於去年底曾貼上了一套在英國準備參拍賣的一套【香港的唯一1868 Proof Set】
當時這一套錢幣在香港登廣告時,導明這套極品是出自香港名門望族,但沒有透露是誰?
當時香港好幾位藏家和幣商都議論紛紛,焦點是到底多少錢可拿和誰可擁有她?
當時英國拍賣行開出底價是US$15萬,但大家都猜想這套驚世絕品的成交價將會超過二百
或二百五拾萬左右,於是我們香港幾位幣商聯同星、美、澳、加等都前往英國這大形拍賣
會進發,準備刀光劍影來一較高下,怎知去到會場準備看預準時,才發現此套稀世之寶的
品相?真是令人慘不忍睹,怪不得拍賣公司放上底價那麼便宜?原來此套精鑄關門幣的家
族擁有者對錢幣是外行吧,竟把這套錢幣來過來個洗白白,相信他們是用擦銅的擦銅水來
清潔?我的天呀!整套錢幣被擦得像花面貓似的,真的是大失所望!這一次英國之旅已大
打折扣了,拍賣場內不到五十人,結果拍賣到此套錢幣時?拍賣員開價叫賣,現場叫價並
不踴躍只是叫了數口價便以接近約150萬港圓成交,而成功買家竟是從電話拍到。
這位神秘買家沒有人知道是誰?直到這次香港錢幣展銷會才讓我們知到是誰?
原來這位買家是一位澳大利亞歐洲籍幣商購得,我前天問他為甚麼這樣下手?
他說完全沒有看過這套錢幣,故在澳大利亞以電話搖控拍賣,滿以為檢了大漏怎可
想到這套錢幣的品相竟是如此?不過這樣也好?我得物主允許把每一枚錢幣拿在手上拍
攝,好讓大家也可一睹風采!至於此套錢幣現時物主叫價竟要US$37.5萬,值得與否?
見仁見智!不管她值多少錢?大家現時可免費一起分享及欣賞吧!

  孰料神物竟是这般模样!扼腕痛惜之余,越发记住了这极不寻常的一套。

  事隔2个月,2008年11月在翻看澳洲拍卖行Noble的拍卖目录时,这一套又一次出现在眼前,不过是十足的艺术照形态。结合超二郎前辈的描述,倒也合情合理。

  Noble这一次估价澳币$350,000,按当时的牌价折合人民币160万左右,他们目录上的描述基本照抄Spink……
HONG KONG, Queen Victoria (1837-1901), the Unique 1868 Proof Set comprising the following; Silver dollar, 1868, obv. crowned head left, VICTORIA above and QUEEN below in Chinese scroll pattern border, rev. Chinese labyrinth encircled by four compartments containing Chinese characters hsiang chiang 1 yuan, and HONG KONG ONE DOLLAR 1868, all within Chinese scroll pattern border, edge milled, (26.81 grams), (KM.10; Pr.-). A few very light marks, otherwise extremely fine, and extremely rare. Silver half dollar, 1868, obv. similar to the Dollar, reverse legend reads hsiang chiang pan yuan, HONG KONG HALF DOLLAR 1868, edge milled, (13.46 grams), (KM.8; Pr.-, note p.281). Hairlines, extremely fine, extremely rare, only the second example to have been offered at auction. Silver twenty cents, 1868, obv. crowned head left, similar to the dollar and half dollar but without the decorated border, rev. four Chinese characters hsian chiang erh hao within beaded circle, HONG KONG TWENTY CENTS 1868 around, edge milled, (5.36 grams), (KM.7; Pr.19A). Has been cleaned, lightly toned, extremely fine, very rare. Silver ten cents, 1868, obv. crowned 'Gothic' bust left, VICTORIA QUEEN around, rev. four Chinese characters hsiang chiang 1 hao within beaded circle, HONG KONG TEN CENTS 1868 around, edge milled, (2.68 grams), (KM.6.3; Pr.-), cleaned, lightly toned, extremely fine, very rare. Silver five cents, 1868, obv. crowned head left similar to the twenty cents, rev. four Chinese characters hsiang chiang wu hsien within beaded circle, HONG KONG FIVE CENTS 1868 around, edge milled, (1.38 grams), (KM.-; Pr.-), Extremely fine, light patchy and spotty toning, extremely rare. The coins come with a contemporary shaped fitted case (5)
Ex Spink Auction, London No.7023, 27 September 2007 (lot 236). This unique set of Hong Kong silver coins of 1868 has only recently come to light and was sold at the above noted sale. Until then no such set had been recorded, and indeed there was not even a suspicion that such a set existed. The proof dollar is not listed in Pridmore and there was no example in the Goodman collection, sold at auction by Superior Stamp and Coin, 28-29 May 1995. The half dollar is not listed at all by Pridmore for 1868. He notes 'Several reports claim that a half dollar dated 1868 exists, but such a coin has not been traced.' There is one proof Half-Dollar in a private collection in the U.S.A. This coin was formerly in the Irving Goodman collection, lot 836. and sold for US$109,250. A footnote in the Goodman catalogue states 'possibly one other example exists in a museum'. Pridmore lists a proof twenty cents for 1868, but there was no proof example of this date in the Goodman collection. Pridmore does not list a proof for either the ten cents 1868 or the five cents 1868, and there were no proof examples of either coin in the Goodman collection. The Hong Kong Mint, located on Sugar Street in Causeway Bay, was opened in 1866. The local merchants however were reluctant to accept the new Hong Kong Dollars, prefering the more familiar Mexican 8-Reales, and the mint operated at a loss. After less than three years in operation the mint closed in 1868. The machinery was sold to Jardine Matheson who in turn sold it to the Japanese Government for their new mint at Osaka. The Hong Kong dollar was discontinued, and small silver coins for Hong Kong were subsequently struck in London and Birmingham.
  这次轮到小可在钱币天堂开了一帖《[贴图]超版贴过的香港顶级Proof套又上拍了》。虽然应者无几,超二郎前辈的回帖还是让我非常高兴。

@超二郎 于2008-11-05 01:23:03发表:

買了此套幣的幣商是東歐籍的澳大利亞人,他的名字是Bilshare,這人絕頂聰明但價錢很黑,非常懂得市場價,他對香港錢幣情有獨鍾!
可惜他這次真的是老貓燒鬚!上個月SPINK拍賣的香港精品已全部敗北,這一套嗎?此時、此地、此環境,相信不會太樂觀吧?這是個人意見。


@超二郎 于2008-11-05 08:57:24发表:

這套幣其實是物有所值,因這套幣到目前為止是唯一的一整套,
但很可惜這套幣被清洗得很難看,要看真幣?不要單看電腦圖?
這套圖片做得非常漂亮,在九月香港展銷開價超過二百五拾萬,
想不到物主這麼快再拿出市場重拍?這套幣我只想要半圓而已!

  以当时金融危机的大背景,这一套的流拍也不算是意料之外。

  自2008年之后数年都未见到这套重出江湖,一直到今年5月份的广告。

  “All five pieces display some minor handling marks, and some inconsequential hairlines are present on some of the pieces. However, these trivial marks do not detract from the beautiful toning they all possess. ”
  看看他们这个吹的,真是可以。当然了,王婆卖瓜总要自卖自夸也挺正常的。再说还有NGC一起跪舔么,全套NGC装盒,PF63+PF63+PF62+PF61+PF61。包括洗得最猛的一元半元两枚也给了足以买家自慰的PF61这样的分数。
  其实香港从来都不是我的范围,这等重器更自知无缘,原本并没理解超二郎前辈的心思。这几年来在南洋的小天地里突飞猛进,也遇到了若干次品种与品相不可得兼的情形。遇到心头好的品种时却无奈发现品相不如人意,当取还是当舍那出价时的矛盾心情,想来当年的超Sir也是如此吧。给自己的品相需求定一个合适的分界线,始终是我辈的难题呢。
  钱币天堂对外币的收集者而言不复为天堂已经许久,超Sir更是已经早早离开。回看2007年的外币版,虽人气寥寥却不缺少真心实意的讨论。今时今日,泉识与收集品都已经不是昔日的自己可比。反而是求一交流的平台难如登天,当真是五味杂陈……

  终于在Stacks Bowers香港上拍的这一套估价$225,000.00 - $275,000.00,比起当初Noble的价格更要务实一些。明天(18日)白天就是拍卖的日子,却还无人预出价。希望这一套稀少的钱币,就如有才无貌的钟无盐,还是能遇到适合她的那一位。

  其实这次的图作得比Noble还要艺术照,那光打得……
  顺便把中文拍卖目录摘录如下:

1868年精製套幣組五枚。
存世僅見之1868年香港精製套幣
香港鑄錢局位於銅鑼灣糖街,僅短短的運作約兩年即結束。香港當局在1863年4月10日得到英國授權設置造幣廠,並於1866年5月7日正式開幕。然而這座作為英國皇家造幣廠在殖民地的分廠,在開工後績效欠佳財務虧損於1868年4月停工。關閉後設備賣給日本成立大阪造幣局。1866-1868年造幣之舉有重大的歷史意義,它代表了香港最早的近代機製幣在當地製造的事實。爾後香港的錢幣由英國本土供應,其中大部份來自伯明翰的喜敦造幣廠。
這獨特的1868年精製套幣最早為錢幣界所知是2007年9月27日Spink's拍賣會(#236)。在此之前,這套精製幣從未公開因而錢幣研究學家也無所悉。原始收藏者是在香港經商時獲得的,在該家族珍藏已超過100年。
全套五枚由NGC評鑑。內容如下:
1. 1868年五仙。NGC-PROOF 63。少許的輕微接觸痕跡。包漿是存放原展示盒內所產生的。
2. 1868年一角。NGC-PROOF 63。少許的輕微接觸痕跡。存放原盒所產生的輕微包漿,擦拭造成些細小的痕跡。
3. 1868年貳角。NGC-PROOF 62。輕微的接觸痕跡。存放原盒所產生的包漿。
4. 1868年半圓。NGC-PROOF 61。根據Pridmore p.281:"若干報導指出有1868年半圓存在,但沒有發現過"。此日期的僅見Proof版。輕微的接觸痕跡。環形包漿,擦拭造成的細小痕跡。
5. 1868年壹圓。NGC-PROOF 61。輕微的接觸痕跡。環形包漿,擦拭造成些細小的痕跡。
僅見的全套。即使是個別來看也都非常稀少。兩位這方面的權威專家Pridmore 及 Remick 都沒聽過其中的五仙、一角及壹圓。事實上,在此套精製幣未披露前,五仙及一角有精製版的存在從未公開。在研究Irving Goodman、Jerry Remick、 Fred Pridmore、Diana及Dragon Collection等名家集藏後,1868年的半圓精製版只出現在1995年Superior 拍賣會。值得一提的是Superior的Irving Goodman專場上,1868年半圓精製版以美金109,250元成交。在此精製版套幣出現前,Goodman專場拍目介紹有"可能另外僅有一枚1868年半圓精製幣在博物館",這表示私人收藏中僅知兩枚。
令人驚嘆的一套,保存完整而不為世人所知超過一個世紀。這套銀幣置放在一個雞心形的原裝盒內。裡面是天鵝絨及絲綢,銀幣整齊的放在大小適中的圓孔內,盒子外表鑲金邊是壓花皮革(可能是鯊魚皮)製成。在任何集藏中都是受眾人矚目的焦點。