Baldwin's numismatic auction in Hong Kong on February 25 includes a small number of medals and awards for sale.
Of these the clear standout piece is a very rare First Class Set of the Order of the Striped Tiger.
Founded in 1912 by President Yuan Shih-Kai as an award of merit to Chinese Navel and Military Forces, the award came in nine classes but has since been abolished.
The set, in silver-gilt and enamel, consist of a chest star and badge to hang from a sash, and is estimated at $12,000-15,000.
Chinese collectibles have been tending to fetch increasing prices at auction in recent years, so this piece represents an investment as well as a beautiful piece for a collection.
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