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  • Upcoming Auction: 50th Anniversary of the Retrocession of Taiwan 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin

    By on November 14, 2014

    Retrocession Day is celebrated annually on the 25th October in Taiwan, and marks the day in 1945 when Taiwan was officially handed back to the Republic of China after half a century of Japanese rule. The island was ceded to Japan following China’s defeat during the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) in the Treaty of Shimonoseki. At the end of the

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  • Market Update (12th November 2014)

    By on November 12, 2014

    The international gold price has once again been riding a roller coaster these last few days, going from low to high to low again at a fairly break-neck pace. Gold prices have returned to levels not seen for five years or so. Currently, gold is valued at 1163.27 USD/oz, having recovered a little from the 1142.30 USD/oz seen at the

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  • Bronze Age Implements 3rd Series: The Quarterly Review

    By on November 11, 2014

    It’s now been a few months since the People’s Bank issued the Bronze Age Implements 3rd Series, and with many collectors now in a position where they have managed to get their hands on the coins themselves, they must now be wondering whether they have made a wise choice for the future. Collectors will no doubt be trying to assess

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  • Coin of the Week: 1991 5 oz Silver Xin Hai Revolution 80th Anniversary Proof Coin

    By on November 8, 2014

    When people think of Chinese history they often have a picture in their minds of either modern China, featuring the likes of Mao Zedong, Sun Yatsen, and Yuan Shikai, or else – and probably more likely – dynastic China, with its extensive palace complexes and the Great Wall. But when was the Chinese political structure so radically altered in the

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  • An Evolving Market: China’s Coin Exchanges

    By on November 6, 2014

    China’s Coin Exchanges: making a fast buck on traditionally long-term investments Investing in modern precious metal coins has always been touted as a sensible long-term option: a low risk way of expanding an investment portfolio which has both bullion and numismatic value – characteristics of such an investment that can combine to protect it in the future. But having read

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  • Elusive Unicorn Expected in Macau

    By on November 5, 2014

    Between the 5th and 7th December 2014, the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel will play host to the 1st Macau International Coin and Precious Metals Expo. Among the many exhibitors and auctioneers attending the event are Stack’s Bowers, who will also be holding a showcase auction in the run up to the event, between the 3rd and 4th December. Sure to

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  • Market Update (3rd November 2014)

    By on November 3, 2014

    The following is the gold market update for late October, for the period 27th October to 31st October 2014. The week started with the gold price in not too bad a condition at around 1230 USD/oz. However, from Wednesday onwards, news emerging that the US Federal Reserve resolution favoured the ‘hawks’; promising-looking third quarter GDP figures for the US; as

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  • China’s Favourite Coin of 2013

    By on October 29, 2014

    On the afternoon of the 25th October, “China’s favourite precious metal commemorative coin of 2013” was announced in a grand ceremony at the 2014 Beijing International Coin Expo. The survey, commissioned several months previously, was an open vote among the Chinese coin collecting community. The two winning coins – the Buddhist Site of Putuo Mountain 5 oz gold coin, and

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  • Market Update (27th October 2014)

    By on October 27, 2014

    The gold market this last week has gone through a variety of ups and downs. As a result of widespread concern about future global economic growth, the gold market received a boost at the start of the week from demand pressure, as investors sought the traditionally more reliable gold markets over other potentially less stable stocks and shares. Such demand

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  • The Lure of Platinum: Part 3

    By on October 25, 2014

    The Lure of Platinum – Part 3: In this final article featuring platinum, we take a further look at the attractions of platinum as a choice for investors and collectors in the Chinese precious metal coins market. Low mintages: Fourthly and finally, the mintage figures for platinum coins are very low. As discussed in Part 2, not only are there

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  • The Lure of Platinum: Part 2

    By on October 24, 2014

    The Lure of Platinum – Part 2: Following Part 1, in this article we continue to extol the virtues of modern Chinese platinum coins. A narrow range of rarified subject matter: The second characteristic of platinum coins that makes them a good choice for collecting and investing is that there are relatively few areas of the Chinese coins market where

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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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  • Market Update (20th October 2014)

    By on October 20, 2014

    This week’s gold price has continued to show the strength seen during last week. Since entering October we have observed the market transitioning from strength to strength over the two week period. The international gold price currently stands at 1237.88 USD/oz, showing a remarkable turnaround from the disastrous condition of the market seen since late July. The gold market continues

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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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  • Market Update (13th October 2014)

    By on October 13, 2014

    The following is an update for the five-day period from 6th October to 10th October for the gold price: This week has seen the emergence of an unsettled state of affairs in the financial markets. The minutes from the meeting of the US Federal Reserve and the International Monetary Fund have triggered somewhat of a market surge. At the beginning

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  • Beijing International Coin Expo 2014

    By on October 10, 2014

    A once a year event, the Beijing International Coin Expo will open its doors on the 24th October in Beijing. This year it will also be playing host to an exciting round of auctions. The total value of these 596 lots going under the hammer has an estimated value of over 16,000,000 yuan, and includes modern precious metal coins from

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  • End of National Day Celebrations: Market Update

    By on October 8, 2014

    On Tuesday 7th October 2014 the gold price at the opening of the Asian markets was at 1203.79 USD/oz, showing a slight recovery, having dipped below the 1200 USD/oz mark on one occasion during the Chinese national holiday. Yesterday was the last day of the national holidays in China, and as a result the markets are gradually returning to their

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  • Stack’s Bowers Auction: Yuan Shikai Dollar Y-329.6

    By on October 6, 2014

    A popular choice among numismatists with an interest in older circulated Chinese coins is the Yuan Shikai Dollar: a silver coin struck extensively between 1914 and perhaps as late as the early 1950s. The use of a variety of dies, as well as original dies which were altered and touched up by provincial mints, has resulted in an unknown number

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  • Zhao Online October Auctions: Modern Precious Metal Coins 1

    By on October 2, 2014

    Monday is the start of a busy October for online auction house, Zhao Online. The 6th October marks the first of five special events to be held this month featuring modern precious metal coins. The first of these auctions is to be held between the 6th and 9th October, falling just at the end of the national holiday or “golden

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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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  • Market Update (30th September 2014)

    By on September 30, 2014

    When the Asian markets opened on the 29th September the gold price was hovering around 1218 USD/oz. Having fallen fairly consistently since the beginning of September, the last few days have seen the gold price somewhat stabilising, undulating just below the 1220 USD/oz mark. Over the weekend data concerning Chinese industry profits emerged, unexpectedly showing a fall from a previous

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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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  • 1982 1/2 oz Gold Panda & Market Update (24th September 2014)

    By on September 25, 2014

    On the 24th September, at the opening of the Asian markets the gold price was undulating around 1222 USD/oz, having picked up a little yesterday reaching 1235 USD/oz. Sadly this rise was short-lived. Economically influential events from around the world include the results of Germany’s September IFO business climate index – which has continued to fall, indicating low expectations for

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  • China’s New Coin Grading System: Coins Graded Yuantai 100 Feature in Online Auction

    By on September 23, 2014

    There is much excitement in the online Chinese coin collecting community, as August saw the first appearance of coins graded using the new Yuantai system in online auction houses. Officially announced on the 5th August 2014, China’s new coin grading system is still in its infancy and trial stages, but the first pieces with Yuantai grades to hit online auction

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  • Market Update (22nd September 2014)

    By on September 22, 2014

    Since last week the gold price has continued to decline, reaching 1216 USD/oz, representing a fall of 9.01 USD/oz, or -0.74% over the seven day period. After gold markets rallied at the beginning of last week, the results from the US Federal Reserve’s FOMC meeting further strengthened the dollar, putting downward pressure on the gold price which subsequently saw successive

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  • Coin of the Week: 1998 1/4 oz Gold Panda (Large Date)

    By on September 21, 2014

    Among collectors nowadays another key year for the Panda series is 1998. The Asian financial crisis of 1997 meant that demand for the Panda series minted in 1998 was particularly low. In the fallout from these crippling economic difficulties, many collectors felt that they had no option other than to melt their stocks of Panda coins for their bullion value.

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  • Late August Review: values increase by almost 80% in just a couple of days

    By on September 19, 2014

    Recently one or two specific precious metal commemorative coins have seen short term rapid gains in value, some as much as doubling in just a week or so. Even certain silver Panda coins have experienced a surge in price of over 30%. Since the start of August, the sudden appearance of several outstanding performers in the market seems to have

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  • Surge in 2014 1 oz Silver Panda Activity

    By on September 15, 2014

    Our last coin market update of the 10th September highlighted a flurry of excitement around the 2014 1 oz silver bullion Panda coin. Now that the final batches of licensed sets have been issued, the weekend has seen a further surge of activity regarding this coin. Since last week, prices have rocketed from the 166-167 yuan range up to just

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  • Focus Coin: Bronze Age Implements 2nd Series 5 oz Silver Coin

    By on September 13, 2014

    With the release of the Bronze Age Implements 3rd Series coin set earlier last month, market attention has returned to the previous 2nd and 1st Series. The official release date for the 2nd Series was 23rd May 2013. Similarly to the other series, the set comprises five coins: two gold coins weighing ¼ oz and 5 oz; and three silver

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  • Market Update (10th September 2014)

    By on September 11, 2014

    On Wednesday 10th September the gold price in the Asian markets trickled down still further to around 1256 USD/oz. Economic data from the US markets seems to have suppressed investor speculation. Investors will be focussing on the convening of the US Federal Reserve between the 16th and 17th September when significant monetary policy decisions will be made. The outcome of

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  • Coin of the Week: 2009 1 oz Silver Ox Coloured Coin

    By on September 8, 2014

    Following the discussion in an earlier article of two coins which have done surprisingly well in a gloomy precious metals market, this week’s coin of the week focuses on one such piece: the 2009 1 oz silver Year of the Ox coloured coin. The 2009 silver Ox coloured coin is a proof quality coin with a fineness of 99.9%. It

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  • 1999 1 oz Silver Panda Update

    By on August 29, 2014

    Our previous market update of the 26th August highlighted the online auction of a 1999 1 oz silver BU Panda coin, graded by the NGC as MS69. The auction has now come to a close, and as the hammer fell the final bid stood at a tidy 4650 yuan. At the time of writing of the previous article the highest bid

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  • Market Update (26th August 2014)

    By on August 26, 2014

    When the Asian markets opened on Monday 25th August, the international gold price was at 1277.80 USD/oz, maintaining a shaky level, while the USD was trading almost at its strongest for the year against the euro, with 1 euro equaling 1.3199 USD. Following the Jackson Hole meeting of the world’s major central banks, Janet Yellen announced a 2% inflation target,

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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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  • Rare Sighting of 1992 500 yuan 5 oz Gold Panda

    By on August 24, 2014

    This year’s Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong August auction was blessed with the appearance of a 1992 5 oz gold 500 yuan Panda coin. This coin of phenomenal numismatic value attracted a final bid of $41,825 USD (not including a hefty buyer’s premium!). Graded by the PCGS as PF68 deep cameo, and unsurprisingly accompanied by its certificate of authenticity and original

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  • Market Update (23rd August 2014)

    By on August 23, 2014

    When the Asian markets opened on the 22nd August 2014 the gold price was down at around 1276 USD/oz. Yesterday saw the fifth consecutive day of a fall in the gold price. While developments over the last few days have been largely unremarkable, they have not been without interest, as Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, made her opening speech at

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  • Are We There Yet? Where is Rock Bottom for the Gold Price?

    By on August 20, 2014

    Last week (the week beginning 11th August) the international gold price looked like it would continue to ricochet around like a blind bumblebee. At the end of last week the gold price tumbled from its high point. By the middle of last week it had reached its peak at 1322 USD/oz, then by the close of the markets on Friday

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  • Market Update (18th August 2014)

    By on August 19, 2014

    At the opening of the Asian markets on the 18th August 2014, the gold price had fallen to around 1302 USD/oz, suffering its biggest seven-day drop seen over the last 100 weeks. This is thought to be due to regional concerns in the Middle East and Ukraine. Focus throughout the week is likely to be centred around the US Federal

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  • Two Dark Horses of the Market

    By on August 18, 2014

    This year trends in the international gold price have heavily influenced the attitudes of precious metal coin investors. Coin markets in Mainland China have cooled off somewhat compared with last year. Although the vast majority of coins have seen price falls, this hasn’t seen a corresponding resurgence in demand as investors remain hesitant. Market insiders believe that right now there

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  • Warring States Period Knife Money Auction

    By on August 17, 2014

    This month sees the holding of the August 2014 Hong Kong Auction at the Mira Hong Kong Hotel. Making an appearance during Session A of this exciting event are four pieces of Warring States Period (475 – 221 B.C.) knife money from the state of Qi. These cast bronze knives, resembling the shape of an old-fashioned barber’s razor, are typified

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  • Market Update (14th August 2014)

    By on August 14, 2014

    At the opening of the Asian markets on the 13th August, the gold price was hovering around the 1308 USD/oz mark, continuing the recent upward trend. Trading yesterday was on the quiet side, however, in the next few days we’ll see some serious news coming in, especially concerning the UK’s inflation report, the USA’s July sales report, the UK unemployment

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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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  • Coin of the Week: 1988 12 oz Silver Dragon Proof Coin

    By on August 12, 2014

    A 1988 12 oz Silver Dragon Lunar proof coin is available for purchase right now in the coin store. This proof quality silver coin, with a certified fineness of 99.9%, has a denomination of 100 yuan and measures 80 mm in diameter. An award winning and intriguing coin, it boasts the title of “Best Silver Coin”, awarded at the 1990

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  • China’s New Coin Grading System

    By on August 11, 2014

    On the 5th August 2014 China officially announced the preliminary release of its first coin appraisal and grading system. Here is a brief look at some of the major features of the “现代贵金属纪念币品相评级标” (Modern Precious Metals Commemorative Coins Rating Standard), and how it differs from the PCGS and NGC systems currently in use. In light of the experience of international systems

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  • Time is Running Out! 2014 West Lake of Hangzhou 1 kg Silver Coin

    By on August 10, 2014

    Time is running out! You have a little over 24 hours left to bid on the 1 kg silver coin from the 2014 UNESCO World Heritage West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou series. This coin is currently up for auction online at http://www.zhaoonline.com/jinianxilie-yin/2795322.shtml. At the time of writing, the latest bid stood at 12200 yuan from a first-time bidder. The

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  • Recent Market Trends (9th August 2014)

    By on August 9, 2014

    At the opening of the Asian stock markets on the 8th August, despite downward pressure in general on the global markets due to the geopolitical crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, the gold price had been fluttering around 1311 USD/oz. The negative influence exerted by this global turmoil seems to have had a limited effect on the gold price,

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  • Coin of the Week: 1998 ½ oz Gold Guilin Scenery Rectangle

    By on August 7, 2014

    Available in the coin store at this time is a complete four-piece set of highly attractive 1998 ½ oz Gold Guilin Scenery Rectangle coins. This set is quite rare, with a planned mintage of just 1600 pieces for each coin. Each of these beautiful proof quality rectangular coins has a face value of 50 yuan, a fineness of 99.9%, and

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  • Imminent Release of Bronze Age Implements Series Three

    By on August 6, 2014

    The release of the Bronze Age Implements Series Three coin set (8th August 2014) is almost upon us, so now seems like a good time to take a brief look at the subject matter of these coins. Series One and Two were issued in 2012 and 2013 respectively, and while Series One featured Bronze Age finds dating from the late Xia

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  • Recent Market Trends (5th August 2014)

    By on August 5, 2014

    At the opening of the Asian markets on the 4th August, the gold price saw narrow fluctuations around the 1293 USD/oz mark, recording a third consecutive fall in the last seven days. There is little to report in the last day or so, with the Asian markets focusing on data from the Australian retail sector, the newly-announced UK building sector

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