Rare gold Order of the Double Dragon could bring $90,000

Baldwin's are looking forward to their Hong Kong Coin Auction 49 later this month which boasts an impressive range of coins and especially banknotes which will prove irresistible to numismatists, notaphilists and investors.

Collectibles in Hong Kong are going from strength to strength, and coins sold by Baldwin's have certainly not been the exception, so the overall performance of the auction will be one to watch.

There are only a handful of medals included. But the few which are present are truly exceptional pieces. In particular, two versions of the order of the Double Dragon are both pieces which any medals collector would be proud to have at the centre of their collection.

Order of the Double Dragon Second Class
Order of the Double Dragon Second Class
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Firstly, a second class, second grade version consisting of a star, in silver and enamel, with a central pearl instead of coral. Several hallmarks appear on the back including "F.R." in Russian Cyrillic standing for Feodor Rucket, a Fabergé workmaster in Moscow.

The extremely fine piece, possibly a transitional or special type, and certainly rare is expected to sell for US$65,000-85,000.

This is expected to be narrowly beaten to top lot status in the medal section by a Third Class Second Grade Double Dragon neck badge in gold and enamel. The obverse is enamelled in blue with a central sapphire on both sides.

Double Dragon Third Class
Order of the Double Dragon Third Class
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Despite minor chips to the enamel, it is about extremely fine and extremely rare, and therefore carries a listing of US$70,000-90,000.

Baldwin's sale takes place in Hong Kong on the morning of Thursday, August 26. Viewing will be available for a few days beforehand, and online bidding is accepted. Watch this space for more news on the currency side of the sale.

 

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