Iconic L. Giorgi Pattern Dollar - A Key to the Chinese Numismatic Series
Republic Yuan Shih-kai silver Pattern "L. Giorgi" Dollar Year 3 (1914) MS61 NGC, Central mint in Tientsin, KM-Pn31, L&M-67, Kann-645. "L. Giorgi" Above Shoulder variety. Ranking as one of the most collected of all Chinese coinage issues, the Yuan Shih-kai dollar sits alongside the later Sun Yat-sen dollar as a near-universally recognized type, one akin to the Morgan or Peace dollars of the United States. Given this iconic status it should be of no surprise to anyone that the "L Giorgi" Pattern brings this type of recognition to its very apex, standing as an elite icon in Chinese numismatics. The type is marked by its display of the signature of the Tientsin Mint's Chief Engraver, Luigi Giorgi, behind the President's shoulder, and is indisputably one of the rarest coins in the entire Chinese series. The offering exhibits stellar eye appeal, both in absolute terms and for its assigned grade, with surfaces that are nearly matte in appearance and devices that are struck to a medallic level of sharpness and precision. As impressively, there are no significant instances of any distractions to deter the eye as it moves over these features, rendering this a coin that simply must be experienced in hand to be fully appreciated.
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