A recent systematic check revealed that a Chinese coin of AD 1038 from Western Xia deriving from the collection of KutsukiMasatuna, an eighteenth century Japanese prince, went missing from the Oxford collection sometime after 1940-1941 but before 2005. This looks to have been a theft through the substitution of a superficially similar coin. A rubbing of the coin exists (see p. 2). This was a significant loss, with a current value of perhaps £100,000. As the coin is so rare it may come to attention. Should anyone have any information about its whereabouts please contact:
Chris Howgego, Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH, UK:
Phone: 0044 (0)1865 278063
The calligraphic style is called Nine-fold script. The coin was similar to, but not the same as, the following onesold at an auction 14/11/2010:
The Nine-fold Huang Song tongbao of the Ashmolean Museum originally belonged to KutuskiMasatsuna (1750-1802) daimyo of Fukushiyama, also called Tamba Prince. He published this coin in 1798 in his Wakan kokonsenkakan和漢古今泉貨鑑(Album of Chinese and Japanese coins old and new).
Here is the rubbing of themissing Nine-fold Huang Song tongbao coin.
The Nine-fold Huang Song tongbaocoins are very rare. One coin was sold at an auction in Beijing in 2010 (14th November) for the price of 952,000 RMB, which is equivalent to 109,047GBP.
Suite à notre discussion, je vous transmets les informations des bijoux sertis de monnaies anciennes qui m’ont été dérobés. On sait que les monnaies ont été sorties de leur monture respective, car l’une des pièces a été proposée anonymement à un numismate en Suisse. Malheureusement, les investigations de la police de Zurich n’ont mené à rien. Je serais donc ravi si vous pouviez faire suivre les photos de ces pièces à l’association internationale de monnaie anciennes. Il s’agit de :
Collier : Severus Alexander (A.D. 222-235), Aureus, draped bust right, rev. PM TR P III COS PP, emperor left, with globe and inverted spear (RIC. 43), good very fine, contained in gold mount with fluted suspension loop, together with a contemporary Roman gold chain, 43.25 gms., including mount and chain
Bague: Commodus, gold Quinarius, mounted in contemporary ring, 31.70 gms., including ring, Rome, M COMMODUS ANTON AUG PIUS, laureate head right, rec. TR P VIII IMP VI COS III P P, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm (TIC. 68; C. 894), very fine and rare
Je vous remercie d’avance et vous souhaite une bonne journée.
The attached notes were being shipped from PMG to victim via FedEx. FedEx received a call changing the delivery address to “hold for local pickup”. The victim, Banknote World, did not request a change of address for delivery.
The following gold coins from our auction 28 (lotnumber 198; Italy-Antignate, Doppio Ducato o.J. and lotnumber 202: Italy-Vatican, ½ Scudo d’oro o.J.) Stolen on the way from Stuttgart to Bologna, resp. in Bologna itself.
Package was delivered but the client has not signed for it!