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Why add this stunning 1/2 oz. gold GEM Proof 2018 Smithsonian Medal featuring Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern to your collection?
In 1896, the Ferracute Machine Company in New Jersey manufactured minting equipment for the Chinese Szechuan province which included coin presses and a set of newly designed dies created by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber featuring a sensational dragon design. Unfortunately, the dies were destroyed by floodwaters in China before any coinage was produced. Modeled after the Smithsonian's original Barber dragon patterns, this 2018 commemorative proof medallion was struck by the Shanghai Mint from 1/2 Troy oz. of .999 fine gold.
Breathtaking Dragon Pattern
The obverse features the magnificently detailed twisting form of a dragon, inspired by the dollar denomination coin of the Chinese Kwangtung Province struck 1890-1908. Inscribed "SZECHUEN PROVINCE" above, with "HALF OUNCE" and "AU .999" below, separated by a tiny Smithsonian sun logo.
Surrounded by a beaded border, Chinese characters are inscribed on the reverse which include the date, province, weight, content and metallic fineness.
Exquisite GEM Proof with Smithsonian Logo Label
This 2018 Smithsonian Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern 1/2 oz. Gold Proof Medal has been certified as a GEM Proof by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). Possessing a full strike, beautifully finished surfaces and fantastic eye appeal, the medallion is presented in a NGC protective holder accompanied by a colorful Smithsonian themed certification label.
This impressive Charles Barber Dragon Pattern 2018 1/2 oz. Gold Proof Smithsonian Medallion will be an exciting addition to your collection! Purchase yours today from MCM!
This 2018 Smithsonian Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern 1/2 oz Gold Proof Medal NGC GEM Proof is proudly minted by the Shanghai Mint. The Shanghai Mint was originally established in 1920 in Shanghai.
|Year of Issue:||2018|
|Display Weight:||1/2 oz|
|Weight in Grams:||15.5517 g|
|Weight in Ounces:||0.5 oz|
|Obverse Design:||Barber's Dragon Pattern|