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  • Little Gem from the Past: 1982 1/2 oz Gold Panda

    By on September 17, 2017

    The coin that we’ll be looking at this week is one of the old gold Pandas, and coming from the very beginning of the series it’s not only a great piece of history, but also has a certain air of intrigue about it. We are talking about the 1982 ½ oz Gold Panda, which is one of four Panda coins

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  • 1910 Xuantong Imperial Silver Dollar (Kann 219)

    By on July 6, 2015

    The Last Emperor The 1910 Xuantong Imperial Silver Dollar (Kann 219) was struck in the second year of the child emperor’s reign. The last emperor of China, the Xuantong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, also known as Puyi, was born in February 1906 and ruled from December 1908 until he abdicated in 1912. As Puyi was just a toddler when

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  • Purple Clouds from the East – Xu Beihong

    By on May 19, 2015

    2015 is a big anniversary in the artistic community in China, as it marks 120 years since the birth of the revolutionary Chinese master painter, Xu Beihong 徐悲鸿 (1895 – 1953). For MCC collectors and enthusiasts, with the release of the four-coin set earlier this year to commemorate the occasion (more details can be found here), attention has returned to

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  • Xu Beihong’s Latest MCC Portfolio

    By on April 8, 2015

    Xu Beihong Xu Beihong (1895 – 1953) was born in Jiangsu Province at the end of the 19th Century – a time when revolutionary western social and political ideas were starting to take hold in China. It is perhaps not surprising that, having grown up in such an ever-changing political climate, that Xu Beihong’s artistic work was equally as revolutionary

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  • 1928 Auto Dollar

    By on March 31, 2015

    1928 (Year 17) Auto Dollar L&M-609; K-757; Y-428 The Legend Guizhou Province in southern China is a rocky, mountainous and rugged region, and even with today’s technology and modern infrastructure, getting around can still be fairly challenging! Rewind the clock back to the 1920s during the Warlords Period in the history of the Republic of China, and the transportation problem

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  • 1923 Dragon and Phoenix Dollar

    By on March 26, 2015

    1923 Dragon and Phoenix Dollar Creating a National Emblem With the collapse and ousting of the Qing dynasty in 1912, China was in a state of political upheaval. Dynastic China had come to an end, and the newly founded Republic of China was looking to establish itself as the new governing body. In this restructuring and establishment of the new

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  • The Case of the 1989 Dragon and Phoenix

    By on March 1, 2015

    The Dragon and Phoenix in Chinese Culture Culturally for the Chinese, the dragon and phoenix depicted together symbolise balance, and are the animal embodiment and representation of the yin-yang philosophical concept. The phoenix – standing for yin – symbolises such aspects as femininity, negative energy, the moon, darkness, and passiveness; while the dragon – standing for yang – symbolises the

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  • Auction: Y#322.1 1918 Yuan Shikai Dollar

    By on January 26, 2015

    Currently up for auction is the Y#322.1 1918 Yuan Shikai silver dollar. This silver dollar of .900 purity, typically with a weight of 26.7 g and a diameter of 39.5 mm, is presented in good condition, grading well at PCGS AU58. The obverse features the bust of Yuan Shikai (1859-1916), the warlord and self-styled emperor of the Republic of China

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  • The Spring Festival in MCC History

    By on December 29, 2014

    With the announcement of the release of the 2015 New Year Greetings ¼ oz silver bullion coin, the minds of the MCC collecting community may be drawn back to the late 90s (specifically 1997, 1998, and 1999) as well as 2003 – the other years in which Spring Festival-themed (or Chinese New Year-themed) commemorative coins have been released. While three

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  • Investors vs Collectors in the Domestic MCC Market

    By on December 3, 2014

    The Modern Chinese Coins market is an ever evolving beast, which can make it hard to predict and even harder to keep pace with. That change is now happening faster than ever, especially in a digital age. Here is a summary of some of the general thoughts and sentiments of blog posters in the online Chinese community regarding the transformation

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  • The Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China

    By on November 27, 2014

    The series featuring the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China seems like an attractive choice when it comes to either starting out collecting modern Chinese coins, or expanding an existing collection. So far the People’s Bank of China has issued series featuring Mt. Wutai (2012), Mt. Putuo (2013), and Mt. E’mei (2014). The fourth and final sacred mountain, Mt. Jiuhua,

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  • The Coin that Marked the End of an Era: 1911 Silver Dragon Dollar

    By on November 19, 2014

    The 1911 silver dragon dollar is perhaps one of the most popular of all the silver dragon dollars among numismatists and collectors. A product of the Central Tianjin Mint, they were struck during 1911 – a year of great political significance for China, as it was the year of the start of the Xinhai Revolution which resulted in the eventual

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  • The 1903 Chihli Silver Dollar

    By on November 17, 2014

    1903 Chihli silver dollars are somewhat rarer than their 1908 counterparts, mainly due to mintage. The name Chihli, or Zhili, comes from the name of a former province of northern China which included the capital, Beijing.  However, the province, home to several mints, was dissolved in 1928. The characters translate literally as “directly ruled”, indicating that the area was under

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  • A Worthy Source: The Coin Collector’s Survival Manual

    By on October 23, 2014

    For coin collectors and enthusiasts, no matter what their area of interest, the value of a good book on numismatics cannot be overstated. A well-researched and informative guide on coins which encapsulates years and years of knowledge and experience, carefully and painstakingly acquired by the author can cost just a few dollars. Such a small investment for such a wealth

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  • The Lure of Platinum: Part 1

    By on October 23, 2014

    The Lure of Platinum – Part 1: Since 1988 the People’s Bank of China has issued a light smattering of platinum coins. In the 18 years between 1988 and 2005, only 55 coins types have been released across just five major categories: the Lunar, Ancient Inventions and Discoveries, Panda, Unicorn, and Guan Yin coin series. Many beginners, and indeed seasoned

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  • Feature Coin: 2000 1 Kilo Silver Panda

    By on October 15, 2014

    Zhao Online’s third round of October auctions featuring modern Chinese precious metal coins is currently underway, taking place from the 13th to the 16th October. The main recommendation from the auctioneer for this round is the 2000 1 kilo silver Panda proof coin: a rarity with a rather appropriate (given the year) official mintage of just 2000 pieces. This lot

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  • Yuan Shikai Dollar: Origins of the “O Mint Mark” and the “Triangular Yuan”

    By on October 1, 2014

    Two of the most well known variations of the Yuan Shikai silver Dollar are the O mint mark and the triangular yuan varieties. These are both variations of the 1914 or “Year Three” Yuan Shikai Dollars. However, despite their popularity, the origins of these curious differences found on silver dollar coins still remain uncertain. Popular folklore has had a stab

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  • The Fat Man in a Nutshell: an Introduction to the Yuan Shikai Dollar

    By on September 26, 2014

    The Yuan Shikai Dollar or “Fat Man Dollar”, introduced by Yuan Shikai (16th September 1859 – 6th June 1916) in late 1914 following the beginning of his presidency of the Republic of China (ROC) in 1912, is somewhat of a mis-translation. In Chinese this coin type is known as “袁大头” or “Yuan Big Head” – Yuan referring to Yuan Shikai,

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  • 1993 12 oz Gold Proof Panda Coin

    By on August 25, 2014

    The 1993 12 oz gold Panda is another intriguing rarity and a semi-key date coin for collectors. Graded by the NGC as PF 69 ultra cameo, the particular piece available in the coin store today at a price of $90,900 USD is a fine specimen of this coin type. The obverse face bears the image of the Temple of Heaven

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  • First Steps: Advice for Beginners

    By on August 13, 2014

    If you are new to Chinese coins and are thinking of investing or collecting, here are a few pointers that will help you get you off on the right foot. Firstly, buying gold Pandas is relatively simple. Gold Panda coins are one of the world’s top five gold coin investment choices. When you invest in coinage, you own something tangible

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  • Chinese Coins for All Budgets

    By on August 3, 2014

    Such is the variety of coins issued by the People’s Bank of China, that when it comes to investing or collecting, there is something for everyone, regardless of taste or budget. For investors with a lot of funds available, it is recommended that you focus your attention on the large-scale gold Panda coins – i.e. those of 5 oz and

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  • Gold In Chinese Culture

    By on June 4, 2014

    Gold has always held a special place in Chinese culture and has been used a means of trade and exchange for thousands of years. Recorded uses of gold in transactions can be found in Quin and Han dynasties. Many emperors in China regarded gold as lucky and adorned themselves in garments that were rich in gold colors and hues and

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  • Numbers in Chinese Culture

    By on June 4, 2014

    Chinese culture is rich in beliefs and traditions that have extended to the numbers people come into contact with throughout their daily lives. Each number, one through nine and their combinations, has significance or special meaning in Chinese culture. The strength of this belief is easily seen in the Olympics of 2008. As a host for this special occasion, the

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  • Investing in Chinese Collectibles

    By on June 3, 2014

    Investing in physical objects is a long-honored tradition among those buying for the future. Here we will take a quick look at the Chinese market as it has a proven record of being a liquid market for hard assets and one that has seen considerable price appreciation as a result of strong demand. Due to the growth of the economy

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  • Gold Mining in China

    By on June 3, 2014

    Gold mining in China began in the Song Dynasty (960—1279 AD) and has increased steadily throughout the years, eventually making China the number one gold-producing country in the world. It has kept this top spot since 2007. There are two different methods by which gold is mined in China. Open-pit mining is employed when gold deposits are close to the

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  • Collecting History Through Stamps

    By on June 3, 2014

    Stamp collecting is the gathering and procurement of postage stamps and is one of the most popular hobbies throughout the world. As of late, there has been a resurgence of stamp collecting within China. Under the reign of Mao Zedong, stamp collecting in China was banned. Zedong despised this hobby because he saw it as a bourgeois activity. However, China

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  • China: An Incredible Growth Story

    By on June 3, 2014

    Prior to 1990, although there were years when the growth rate of China’s Gross Domestic Product was high, there were also years where this rate dropped into negative territory. From 1990 to 2011, however, China’s economic growth can only be described as phenomenal. In this span of time, the country went from just another struggling Asian country into a major

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  • The Production Process of Older Chinese Coins

    By on June 3, 2014

    For a period of over 2,000 years, since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) until the early 20th Century, the standard form of coinage in China was the copper-based quan (or ‘cash’). This was a round copper alloy coin with a distinctive square hole in the centre, featuring an inscription, and cast from a sand-based mould. Such coins

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  • 20th Century Chinese Artists

    By on June 3, 2014

    The work of 20th Century Chinese artists is commemorated both directly and indirectly on collectable Chinese coins. Some series issued by the People’s Bank of China specifically celebrate the work of a particular artist, such as the 1997 series featuring Qi Baishi (1864-1957) and some of his selected works. Other series issued indirectly commemorate artists and their work, such as

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  • The Legacy of Zhou Enlai

    By on May 30, 2013

    Zhou Enlai, whose likeness is expertly captured in a set of three commemorative coins issued in 1998, was the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), holding office from October 1949 until his death in Beijing in 1976. He was born in 1898 in Huai’an, Jiangsu province into a family of officials. Throughout his early life he was

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  • Yungang Grottoes

    By on May 30, 2013

    Situated just 10 miles to the south west of the city of Datong at the foot of the Wuzhou Shan mountain range in Shanxi province, the Yungang Grottoes play host to a series of 252 shallow caves containing in excess of 51,000 Buddhist statues dating from the 5th and 6th centuries AD. The caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

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  • The Long March

    By on May 30, 2013

    While historically there were several long marches during the Communist insurgency period (1927-1937) of the Chinese Civil War (1927-1950), perhaps the most well known is the Red Army withdrawal from Jiangxi that began on 16th October 1934. This Long March was a legendary military retreat and subsequent escape to the north and west by a surrounded Communist army. It was

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  • Peking Opera Masks

    By on May 30, 2013

    Rising to prominence towards the end of the 18th Century and enjoying its greatest popularity during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), the Peking Opera occupies a special place in Chinese culture. Considered a cultural treasure and a highly respected art form in China, it is characterised by a combination of music, singing, mime, acrobatics and dance. The stage is usually very

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  • Sun Yat-Sen Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

    Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a revolutionary and considered the founding father of the Republic of China (ROC) and the layer of the foundations for the revolution resulting in the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), was the first president of the ROC from 29th December 1911 to 10th March 1912 and the first leader of the Kuomintang (KMT) nationalist

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  • Chinese Coins with Political Figures

    By on May 22, 2013

    Over the course of the 20th century, ever since the establishment of the Republic of China in 1912 and during the dying days of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) before that, Chinese politicians have played a major role in their country’s development. The likes of Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), who served as president of the Republic of China (1912-1949), were revolutionaries, reformers,

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  • Contemporary Chinese Art on Precious Metals

    By on May 22, 2013

    Contemporary Chinese art has grown rapidly since the changes that occurred in the arts scene following the Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and after Mao’s death in 1976. Commonly referred to as avant-garde art, contemporary art is seen as having developed during the 1980s as a result of a relaxation of the restrictions on the content

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  • Bronze Age Finds Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

    Bronze wares have played an important role in China’s history. They have been used for military purposes, musical instruments, mirrors, rulers and storage for food and drink. Further, in the ancient times, bronze wares were also an indicator of a person’s class. Laws stipulated that only royal family members could use all types and sizes of bronze wares but the

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  • Unicorn Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

    From 1994 to 1997, the “Chinese and American Mascot: Unicorn” coin sets were issued by the People’s Bank of China to commemorate the unicorn: two mystical beasts from the Chinese and Western folklore that share the same name. The unicorn of the Western folklore is of course the familiar gentle white horse with a single horn that has the ability

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  • Three Kingdoms Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

    The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, written by Luo Guanzhong during the waning years of Yuan Dynasty in the 14th century is a famous Chinese historical novel. This vast and complex novel, consisting of approximately 800,000 words and 120 chapters takes place during the demise of the Eastern Han Dynasty (r. 25-220) and the subsequent period known as the Three

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  • Dragon and Phoenix Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

    SYNOPSIS. The 1990 Dragon and Phoenix Gold and Silver Coin series is one of the hottest collections that every precious metal coin enthusiast dreams of. This series includes a 20 oz gold coin, 20 oz silver coin, 2 oz gold coin, 2 oz silver coin, 1 oz silver coin, 1 gram gold coin and a 2 gram silver coin. To

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