The ones that show a side profile, like the pattern recently certified by NGC, are sometimes called “Fat Man Dollars,” and are particularly popular in Chinese numismatics. Their design was created by Luigi Giorgi, the chief engraver at the Tientsin Mint. The L&M-67 patterns include “L. GIORGI” on the obverse behind Yuan’s shoulder.
“Of the more than 3 million Chinese coins that NGC has certified, this is certainly one of the most prestigious,” said Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman and Grading Finalizer. “For rarities like this one, collectors find NGC’s comprehensive guarantee of authenticity and grade to be especially appealing.”
This valuable vintage coin was submitted to NGC Shanghai Business Information Consulting Co., Ltd. (NGC Shanghai), the China affiliate of NGC. NGC Shanghai grades most vintage coins as well as nearly all modern coins on a full-time basis at its facility in Shanghai.