NGC-certified Chinese Coin Realizes More than $600,000 in Heritage Sale


The Long-Whiskered Dragon Silver Dollar was one of seven NGC-certified rare coins to realize six-figure prices in the December auction.

A vintage Chinese coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company® (NGC®) realized an impressive $630,000 in a recent Heritage Auctions sale. Six other NGC-certified coins also realized more than $100,000 in the HKINF World Coins Platinum Session and Signature Auction, which was held December 9-11, 2023.

The auction’s top lot was a China YR3(1911) Long-Whiskered Dragon Silver Dollar graded NGC SP 64+ (lot 34012), which realized $630,000. With an elegant design by Luigi Giorgi, these patterns (or proposed designs for coins) are among those most eagerly sought by collectors. They were struck near the end of the Qing Dynasty and were never issued as coinage. This coin has the highest grade of the five in the NGC Census for this particular variety.


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Other NGC-certified highlights in the auction included:

  • a Great Britain 1839 Una and the Lion 5 Sovereign graded NGC PF 62 Ultra Cameo (lot 34104), which realized $276,000
  • a China YR3(1914) Silver Dollar Pattern graded NGC MS 64 and pedigreed to the Rulin Wei Collection (lot 34055), which realized $234,000
  • a China 1907 Gold Tael – Small Clouds graded NGC MS 61 (lot 34009), which realized $216,000
  • a China 1926 Shantung Gold 10 Dollars graded NGC MS 65+ (lot 34028), which realized $216,000
  • a Great Britain 1817 Three Graces Silver Pattern Crown graded NGC PF 63+ (lot 34099), which realized $150,000
  • a China YR12(1923) Silver Dollar – Large Characters graded NGC MS 65 (lot 34065), which realized $120,000
  • a Germany 1640 Bavaria 5 Ducat graded NGC MS 64 (lot 34095), which realized $96,000
  • a China YR12(1923) Silver Dollar – Large Characters graded NGC MS 64 (lot 34066), which realized $93,000
  • a China 1897 Kiangnan Silver Dollar – Herringbone Edge graded NGC MS 62 (lot 34021), which realized $84,000


Prices realized include buyer’s premium. The $ symbol represents US Dollars