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Gold: $1,562.71
Silver: $17.88
Platinum: $1,017.34
Palladium: $2,509.60
G/S: 87.38
Pt/G: 0.65
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Lot Title: China - 1996 5oz gold Unicorn 500 yuan NGC PR-68 Ultra Cameo
Lot Number: 61
Description: Frank Lin Collection of Modern Chinese Rarities. KM#949. Mintage: 108. Serial number 049. Rare as a direct result of the strictly limited mintage, the 5-ounce unicorn gold pieces nevertheless retain considerable popularity amongst its fans due to the marvelous design aesthetics, not to mention the astonishing quality standards pertinent to each piece. All have serial numbers along the bottom edge (as viewed from the unicorn side), which NGC has most judiciously kept visible by use of a notch in the inner retaining ring. Needless to say, the NGC technology (and quite frankly, the excellent attention to collector predilection) make the entire package exceptionally appealing.

The 1996 edition to the series incorporates an intriguing divergence between the western vision of a unicorn on the obverse side (per NGC encapsulation preference, which has the denominated side facing, and which technically is probably improper), and an eastern version on the dated side. Any coin at the numeric PR-68 UCAM level should appear flawless to the eye, and that is indeed the case here, as neither side displays any visible stain, or other aberration. Indeed, a very close examination hardly proves fruitful since the only remotely possible imperfection might be a very few utterly trivial, meaningless hairlines in the fields.
Estimate: $24,000-$26,000
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Hammered Price: $21,500
Price Realized: $24,725

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China - 1996 5oz gold Unicorn 500 yuan NGC PR-68 Ultra Cameo
China - 1996 5oz gold Unicorn 500 yuan NGC PR-68 Ultra Cameo