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Why purchase this 2018 Charles Barber Dragon Pattern 1/2 oz. Gold Proof Medallion?
This gold proof medal features a dragon design by U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Charles Barber, which was originally part of the sale of minting equipment and dies from the Ferracute Machine Company in New Jersey to the Chinese Szechuan province in 1896. The design was never minted for circulation coinage due to flood damage incurred at the Chinese Mint. Produced by the Shanghai Mint, this exquisite proof medal is struck from 1/2 Troy oz. of .999 fine gold, its design adapted from Barber's original dragon patterns housed at the Smithsonian.
Exceptional Dragon Design
A fierce dragon is depicted on the obverse surrounded by stylized clouds, in a manner similar to the design of the Chinese Kwangtung Province dollar coin. "SZECHUEN PROVINCE" is inscribed above, with "HALF OUNCE" and "AU .999" curving below flanking the Smithsonian sun logo.
The reverse features a beaded circle framing Chinese characters symbolizing the medal's weight, content, fineness, province and year of issue.
Perfectly Graded Proof 70 with Smithsonian Institution Certification Label
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) graded this 2018 Smithsonian Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern 1/2 oz. Gold Proof Medal a flawless Proof 70. Additionally designated Ultra Cameo (UC), the medal features outstanding differentiation between the mirrored fields and frosted design elements. The proof medallion's perfect condition is protected, enclosed in a NGC holder with a Smithsonian themed label.
This flawless 2018 Gold Proof medal featuring Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern will be a treasured addition to your collection!
This 2018 Smithsonian Charles Barber's Dragon Pattern 1/2 oz Gold Proof Medal NGC PF70 UC 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|