Astonishing Gem Survivor Mausoleum Dollar - Tied for the Finest CertifiedRepublic Sun Yat-sen silver Pattern "Mausoleum" Dollar Year 16 (1927) MS65 NGC, Vienna mint, Kann-609, L&M-85, WS-0130, Wenchao-898 (rarity 3 stars). Mintage: 480. By Richard Placht. An incredible pattern issue that has become beloved by collectors of the Republican series, the 1927 Mausoleum dollar began with a much more dubious history. Designed while Sun Yat-sen's mausoleum was still under construction, with the artist never having visited the site, the pattern met with serious disapproval from Chinese authorities, not least for its grossly inaccurate depiction of the beloved doctor, but also for a number of omissions from the mausoleum itself. Coupled with the fact that its already extremely low mintage was likely meant to serve as gifts, few have survived to the present day at all, let alone in such splendid gem condition as the current offering. Presently tied with just one other example as the finest certified between NGC and PCGS combined, this coin showcases nearly prooflike wateriness to the fields together with an engaging mottling of pastel blue and violet tones. Difficult to imagine finer, and an ideal target for the connoisseur.
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