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  • A Bigger, Brighter 2014?

    By on August 4, 2014

    Compared with 2013, prices for gold and silver coins have enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence so far in 2014.  This has attracted many new investors to the market who are looking to make collectable coins part of their investment portfolio. Interest in the market so far this year has outstripped 2013 for several reasons.  Recently, international gold prices have risen

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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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  • The end of the gold market off-season: coins market review

    By on August 2, 2014

    July is typically the last month in the slow season for the gold market, and week-on-week sales of American Eagle coins have exemplified this, recently showing an 80% increase emerging from the summer break. There has also been interesting activity in particular areas of the Chinese coins markets, with prices sharply rising and then quickly coming back down. The hot

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  • Coin of the Week: 1995 20 oz Silver Unicorn

    By on July 30, 2014

    Currently for sale in the coin store is a 1995 20 oz Silver Unicorn proof quality coin. It has a face value of 150 yuan, and a fineness of 99.9%. One of 12 unicorn coins issued in 1995, this rare and exquisite piece, like the other 20 oz silver unicorns, is particularly special because of its low original mintage of

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  • Recent Market Trends (28th July 2014)

    By on July 29, 2014

    As of the 28th July, international gold prices recovered a little to 1306.30 USD/oz, representing a high point so far this week following price rises over two consecutive days. However, Monday’s figures seem relatively modest by comparison. In light of data from both the US and German markets, a cautious outlook would be wise. The China Gold Coin Incorporation will

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  • Rare 1997 1/10 oz Platinum Panda for Sale Online

    By on July 28, 2014

    An elusive 1997 1/10 oz platinum Panda has surfaced in the zhaoonline.com auction house. Currently up for sale in an online auction house is an extremely hard to come by and highly sought after 1997 1/10 oz platinum Panda coin. This proof quality coin, with a face value of 10 yuan, had an original mintage of 2,500 pieces. The reverse

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  • Recent Market Trends (24th July 2014)

    By on July 28, 2014

    On Thursday (July 24th), at the close of the Asian markets, the gold price had continued to suffer downward pressure, at one time falling to 1296.85 USD/oz. The Japanese markets also took three successive tumbles. The one-week low of around 1300 USD/oz is yet another indication that there might be the possibility of the market price falling to last week’s

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  • 13 Reasons to Own a Panda Coin

    By on June 20, 2014

    Panda coins are among the most diverse of all coins, different scenes each year – many different sizes and metals including gold, platinum, silver, bimetallic and brass. People from all countries are attracted to owning Chinese panda coins but why? Here are 13 reasons to own a panda coin. 1/ Rarity: Panda coins are released in very limited quantities 2/

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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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  • Collecting and Investing in Chinese Antiques

    By on June 3, 2014

    The market for Chinese antiques has been hot in recent years with auction records being broken time and again for relics from ancient China. This trend has led a number of investors and speculators to seek out Chinese antiques such as porcelain, silver and jade. These antiques are valued not only due to their status as historical treasures but also

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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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  • How are Chinese Stocks Traded?

    By on June 3, 2014

    This article follows a recent discussion with a Chinese coin investor, here we take a look at Chinese stocks and the ways there are traded. The Chinese Market for stocks is not like the United States stock exchange. Whereas U.S. businesses offer company shares in a uniform fashion, the Chinese Market has several components that allow for trading in a heterogeneous

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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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  • Song Dynasty Chinese Coins

    By on June 3, 2014

    Copper-based alloys were used primarily for official cash coinage for over two millennia in China, and coinage dating from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) is no exception. Cash coins were cast on a huge scale during the Song Dynasty due to rapid commercial growth, especially during the Northern Song (960-1127), and were the mainstay of the currency system, partly because cloth

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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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  • Chinese Calligraphy and Ink and Wash Painting

    By on June 3, 2014

    Calligraphy is a highly respected and ubiquitously practiced art form originating in China with several different styles. These range from the wispy and grass like cursive script, which is incredibly hard to read due to its radical brushstrokes resulting in a highly personal type of calligraphic handwriting for individual artists, to the more standardized clerical and traditional regular scripts. In

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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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  • Zhang Daqian – Chinese painter

    By on May 30, 2013

    Internationally possibly one of the best-known 20th Century Chinese painters, Zhang Daqian was a remarkable artist and a highly skilled and gifted forger. While initially he was considered a traditional Chinese, or guohua, painter, later in his artistic career he became heavily involved in modern impressionism and expressionism. Zhang was born in 1899 to a family of artists in Sichuan

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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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  • Xu Beihong – Chinese Painter

    By on May 30, 2013

    The 100th anniversary of the birth of Xu Beihong, a master painter and renowned Chinese artist, was commemorated in a five-coin set produced in 1995. The coins feature renderings of some of his most exquisite works, including paintings of a cat, a horse, a lion, and a water buffalo. Known mainly for his Chinese ink paintings featuring horses and birds,

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  • Wu Zuoren – Chinese Painter

    By on May 30, 2013

    Wu Zuoren was a traditional Chinese master painter. He was considered by the artistic community to be a man of great ability and as a result enjoyed a good reputation. He specialised in oil painting as well as traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, combining the disciplines acquired while studying oil painting in Europe with the more traditional Chinese style to

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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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  • Sun Tzu and The Art of War

    By on May 30, 2013

    Sun Wu, more commonly known by the alternative spelling of his name Sunzi or Sun Tzu, is traditionally thought to have been a military strategist, general, philosopher, and author of The Art of War, who lived around the 6th and 5th centuries BC. The exact dates are unknown. The Art of War has been highly influential throughout Asian history in

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  • Political Life of Song Qingling

    By on May 30, 2013

    The Political Life of Song Qingling (1893-1981) Song Qingling ranks among the most significant Chinese political figures of the 20th Century. She was born on 27th January 1893 to a businessman, missionary, and close friend of Sun Yat-sen, Charlie Song in Shanghai. The wife of Sun Yat-sen, Song Qingling is also known by the name of Madame Sun Yat-sen. She

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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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  • Terracotta Army

    By on May 30, 2013

    Qin Shi Huangdi (259 – 210 BC) and his Terracotta Army There is an enigmatic aura and an air of mystery surrounding the Terracotta Army. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers, the pottery warriors are located near Xi’an, in Shaanxi province. These life-size soldiers form an army of the dead, built to protect their Emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, in the

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  • Peking Opera Coins

    By on May 30, 2013

    The tradition of the Peking Opera has its roots in the late 18th Century in Beijing, when four troupes of performers of Anhui Opera, the influential precursor to the Peking Opera, came to the capital in 1790 to perform at the court of the Qianlong Emperor to celebrate his birthday. Over several decades, the genre developed as other troupes, mainly

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  • Maijishan Cave Art

    By on May 30, 2013

    Maijishan, literally translating as “Grain Stack Mountain”, is a hillside of purple-red sandstone and the site of a series of 194 grottoes carved into the hillside itself. The mountain is located in north west China, in Gansu province, and comprises exquisite rock-cut art and architecture, spreading over 1,000 square metres of murals. There are also over 7,200 Buddhist statues and

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  • Liu Shaoqi

    By on May 30, 2013

    Liu Shaoqi was a Chinese communist revolutionary, politician, and statesman who lived between 1898 and 1969. He was born in Hunan province to a landowner of moderate wealth, but moved to Shanghai to study Russian. After completing his studies he went to the Soviet Union. In 1921, while still in the Soviet Union, he joined the newly established Chinese Communist

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  • Confucius

    By on May 30, 2013

    Ranking among one of the most influential figures in history, Confucius, the founder of the philosophy of Confucianism that takes his name, was born in present-day Qufu in Shandong province in 551 BC. Aside from philosopher, his many roles included teacher, politician, and editor. He spent much of his life travelling around followed by his group of disciples, details of

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  • Chinese Manned Space Program

    By on May 30, 2013

    The forerunner of the Chinese space program, the Chinese aerospace industry traces its roots back to 1956 when it first started developing simple ballistic missiles as a reaction to the anticipated threat from the United States of America, and later the Soviet Union. Since then the industry has rapidly expanded for both military and non-military purposes. It was Mao’s initial

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  • Chinese Civil War

    By on May 30, 2013

    The Chinese Civil War was fought between the Nationalist government, or KMT, and the Communist Party of China, or CPC. The conflict started in 1927 and concluded in 1950 following the defeat of the KMT on mainland China and the establishment of the government of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. The Communists formed an insurgency between 1927 and

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  • Chen Yun – Modern Chinese Politician

    By on May 30, 2013

    Chen Yun (1905-1995) Chen Yun, born into an urban working-class family in 1905 in Qingpu, Shanghai, was a 20th Century Chinese politician who was instrumental in forming economic policy, in which he advocated the introduction of elements of the free market to boost China’s economy. He was also a highly influential leader of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) throughout

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  • Chinese Snake Coins

    By on May 30, 2013

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  • Chinese Rabbit Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

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  • Chinese Tiger Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

      Diverging from the Western zodiac, Chinese astrology has been described by interpreters as the lunar zodiac. In other words, ancient Chinese astrologers divined fate via the path of the moon through the heavens, also known as the yellow path in Chinese culture. In the West, the course of the sun across the sky is most important. The year of

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  • Chinese Ox Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

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  • Chinese Rat Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

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  • Chinese Pig Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

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  • Chinese Dog Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

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  • Chinese Rooster Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

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  • Chinese Monkey Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

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  • Chinese Goat Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

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  • Chinese Dragon Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

    In Chinese culture, 2012 corresponds to the year of the dragon. People born during dragon years, the fifth position in the Chinese astrological cycle, are believed to carry with them all of the power and majesty afforded to the divine beasts. The year of the dragon heralds success in financial endeavors, as indicated by the dragon’s traditional association with good

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  • Deng Xiaoping Coins

    By on May 22, 2013

    Deng Xiaoping (1904-1997) was a key player on the 20th Century Chinese political stage. He is considered the architect of China’s economic recovery following the crisis of the Great Leap Forward, instigated by Mao Zedong (1893-1976). Unfortunately his policies clashed with the political ideology of Mao, and so Deng was purged from the Communist Party twice during the Cultural Revolution

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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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