Category Archives: Chinese Coins

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Realize Over $11.5 Million in October Hong Kong Auction

Auction firm Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio continues to deliver world-class sales of quality numismatic material and realize impressive prices, regardless of the challenging and unprecedented circumstances of the year 2020. The firm’s incredible Hong Kong series of auctions clearly demonstrates the firm’s success, as their colossal 10th-anniversary auction in May 2020 shot past expectations and […]

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The “Horse Gaming Tokens” of Szechuan

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Much like the American pastime poker often involving some friendly monetary wagering, so too it is for Mahjong in a large portion of the Far East. Though playing cards have been around for over a millennium, likely being introduced in the 9th century CE […]

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Hong Kong Auction to Feature Pavilion Dollars, Rare Ta-Ching Banknote

The Mysterious ‘Pavilion Dollars’ of 1921 By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… As interaction increased between the western world and the late Imperial/early Republican China, a yearning to modernize Chinese medicine and healthcare caused an influx of both scholarship and funding by the Rockefeller Foundation. Roger Sherman Greene II served […]

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Ancient and Modern Gold Coins Highlight Catawiki Auctions

By CoinWeek …. Internet auction site Catawiki offers a wide range of collectibles, including fine art, jewelry, comics, toys, militaria, wine, and antiques. Numismatists will also find a large selection of precious metal bullion, currency, stamps, and rare coins. This week, we focus on auction highlights that have recently closed and are still open for […]

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Legendary Chinese “Long-Whisker” Pattern Dollar at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… There are many highlights and exceptional rarities in the Stack’s Bowers upcoming October Hong Kong auction. But principal among them is a fabled “long-whisker” pattern dollar designed by Luigi Giorgi, the accomplished head of the central mint at Tientsin during the closing years […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Present Record-Setting Hong Kong Sale in October

Venerable coin firm Stack’s Bowers & Ponterio is pleased to announce their fall Hong Kong auction comprising seven sessions over five days, split between live and online portions. This sale stands as the firm’s largest Hong Kong offering to date with respect to total lots, with over 4,600 lots of coins, medals, and currency, mostly […]

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Auto Dollars of Kweichow Featured in Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

  By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Numismatic representations of automobiles are always popular due to their immense crossover appeal and the fact that such commonplace machines are seldom encountered in the hobby. Some of the earliest appearances were on medals rather than coins, as these generally commemorated auto shows […]

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The 1898 Chihli Dollar — A Monumental Gem With a Monumental Pedigree

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… While the massive collection formed by the legendary Eduard Kann stands as a pinnacle of Chinese numismatics, other impressive collections were also formed by numismatists intrigued by their stays in China. One such collection was that of General Miles Stanley Newton of the United […]

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Heaton Mint Coin From Kiangnan Highlighting Stack’s Bowers’ Hong Kong Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Late in the 19th century, China began to modernize its coining system, moving away from the cast “cash” coinage that had been standard for over two millennia and toward a denominated rubric more in line with the western world. Various provincial mints began striking […]

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Limited-Edition 2020 Silver Eagles, “No Show” Pandas Offered by American Numismatic Association

2020 “No Show” Pandas Also Available   American Numismatic Association Living President Signature Labels Limited-edition 2020 American Silver Eagles certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) with original signatures from 16 living American Numismatic Association (ANA) presidents are being offered as a membership promotion for the nonprofit hobby organization. The program is made possible by the […]

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The Coinage of Manchukuo and the Last Emperor of China

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… The Last Emperor On March 1, 1932, a man by the name of Puyi became the Datong, or chief executive, of Manchukuo. It was just six days earlier that Puyi had accepted the offer with a drunken party to celebrate this event. This celebration included a wide variety of […]

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Spring Dollar Rare Chinese Coin Realizes $660,000 at Heritage Sale

A China 1910 Yunnan Silver Dollar certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) realized an outstanding $660,000 USD at a Heritage Auctions sale on June 12, 2020. This is one of the highest prices ever paid for any Chinese coin. Commonly referred to as a “Spring Dollar”, this is one of the greatest rarities in Chinese […]

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Missing Blank Space Makes Chinese Peacock Coin Worth Over $100,000

The modern Chinese Peacock series of coins is always popular with collectors. But despite these coins’ popularity and beauty, you can usually purchase a high-grade 1993 Peacock 150 Yuan for under $10,000 USD or even under $5,000. Heritage Auctions will be selling a very special piece that will likely sell for more than 10 times […]

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Spring Dollar, Rare Asian Coins to Shine at Heritage Auctions Event

In the realm of Asian pedigrees, few rival the Dr. Norman Jacobs collection of Asian coins. As many collectors recall, Jacobs’ collection brought forth such legendary coins such as the finest known example of the Ex. Jacobs’ Hsüan-t’ung Spring Dollar. The coveted piece finds its way to auction once again exclusively in Heritage Auctions’ two-day […]

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Over $13,000,000 in Coins and Banknotes Sold at Stack’s Bowers Ponterio’s 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is proud to announce the results from their recently concluded May Hong Kong auction. Total prices realized for this monumental 10th anniversary sale were $13,207,382 USD, but that only tells part of the story. The sale had been rescheduled from its original date in March and was put in jeopardy of […]

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NGC Coins and PMG Notes Impress in Stack’s Bowers May Sale

A coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and a note certified by Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) achieved the top results in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries coin and paper money auctions in Hong Kong, China held May 4-6, 2020. The top result in the coin auction was a China 1929 L&M-91 Italy Satin Finish Silver […]

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Medals of Li Hung-Chang—Strategist, Diplomat & World Traveler

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… After spending his early life in scholarly pursuits, the rise of Li Hung-chang (李鴻章, Lǐ Hóngzhāng) began during the unrest created by the Taiping Rebellion—a Chinese civil war that lasted from 1850-1864. Given Li’s familiarity with Anhwei (Ānhuī) Province, he was tapped to advise […]

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The Curious Gold Fantasy Coins of Shanghai

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Outside the realm of normal Chinese numismatics is a series of unusual 50 and 25 tael denominations struck in gold, which have been seen for the past century as fantasies rather than official mint issues. These curious pieces feature legends that indicate they were […]

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Live Bidding Begins This Week for Stack’s Bowers 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction

Dear Friends, It is finally here – our 10th Anniversary Hong Kong Auction! Before I share some of the wonderful numismatic items that have been entrusted to us for this auction, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past and, perhaps more importantly, offer a heartfelt “thank you” to those who have […]

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Off-Metal Pattern Coins in the Early Chinese Republic

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following over two millennia of highly standardized and predictable currency in the form of cash, Chinese coins began a period of experimentation in the early part of the 20th century. The rather simplistic cast, holed coinage offering a few characters and possibly a mint […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Highlights May 2020 Hong Kong Coin, Paper Money Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is tremendously excited to present their May Hong Kong Coin and Paper Money auction—a monumental event that marks a decade of the firm’s sales in Asia. The sale has generated a great deal of interest due to its vast array of rare coins and paper money, over 3,850 lots in total. […]

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The MBMY Collection—Chinese Pattern Coins (and More!) for the Connoisseur

Chinese Pattern Coins by Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Our monumental 10th Anniversary Hong Kong auction, marking a decade of important offerings in Asia by Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio, presents a tremendous array of exceptional and eclectic rarities — Chinese-specific as well as other interesting pieces from around the region. […]

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The 1989 Dragon and Phoenix Pattern Coins—A Timeless Pairing With a Modern Flair

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Animal iconography has long played an important role in Chinese art, with the fauna associated with the Lunar New Year being just one aspect. While the dragon—one of the most iconic images associated with Chinese culture—is a part of this lunar cycle, another—the phoenix—is […]

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The Chinese Boxer Rebellion and its Numismatic Ramifications

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following the Sino-Japanese War of 1895, western influence increased within China (both in terms of trade and an influx of European and American nationals). Similarly, anti-western sentiments among the native Chinese populace began to increase. One aspect that left many bewildered was the great […]

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Defining “greatness” among modern world coins

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker
(Pelham, Alabama) — In March 2020 Whitman Publishing will release 100 Greatest Modern World Coins, by numismatists Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker. The 168-page coffee-table hardcover will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online

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China: First female tractor driver and national icon, immortalised on one-yuan banknotes, dies

Chinese state media has announced the death of one of the country’s most well-known personalities of the early communist state. Liang Jun (1930–2020) was one of the first and most renowned model workers

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Stack’s Bowers to Auction Rare 1911 Chinese Dollar Worth an Estimated $500,000 at NYINC

Numismatic auction house Stack’s Bowers Galleries is presenting for sale a beautifully-minted and ultra-rare 1911 Chinese Silver Long-Whisker Dragon Dollar at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on January 17, 2020. This important rarity will be presented in lot 20246 of Stack’s Bowers’ World and Ancient Coin Auction, in Session One of the two-day […]

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Hong Kong: Last two banknote denominations to be released in time for lai see Lunar Year celebrations

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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has announced on the 1st January the two remaining banknote denominations which are part of the 2018 banknote series entitled “Hong Kong Spirit” will be issued on the 14th January

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2020 U.S. First and Early Releases cutoff dates

First and Early Releases Overview
World First and Early Releases Cutoff Dates
To qualify for First Releases or Early Releases, all coins must generally be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository on or before the Cutoff Date listed to be eligible for the First Releases or Early Releases designation.
Note: The Early Releases label will be the default for submissions, so be sure to request the First Releases label if applicable

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NGC-certified China 1911 dragon pattern dollar estimated to realize at least $400,000 at NYINC auction

This China 1911 long-whiskered dragon pattern dollar graded NGC SP-65 is being offered at NYINC by Stack’s Bowers Galleries. It has an estimate of $400,000 to $500,000

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Top Pop Frosted Bamboo 2003 500 Yuan Gold Panda Highlights GreatCollections Auction

By CoinWeek ….   On Sunday, January 5, bidding ends on GreatCollections.com for this China 2003 Gold Panda Frosted Bamboo 500 Yuan coin, graded MS-70 by PCGS. It is one of only two certified perfect by PCGS, and the only 2003 Gold Panda 500 yuan that PCGS has designated as being Frosted (NGC has also […]

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Heritage Hong Kong Coin, Currency Signature Auctions Realize Over $5.5 Million

Szechuan Pattern Set Eclipses $1 Million   Chinese Coin Highlights A spectacular double pattern set of Szechuan coinage, made by the Ferracute factory in New Jersey, was the unquestioned highlight of Heritage’s December 5-6 auction of world and ancient coins in Hong Kong. Overall, the auction of world and ancient coins realized over $3.8 million […]

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NGC-Certified 1897 Szechuan Ferracute Pattern Set Realizes $1,020,000 at Auction

An 1897 Szechuan Ferracute Pattern Set certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized $1,020,000 USD at auction, an impressive figure that reflects the set’s extreme rarity and numismatic importance. The 10 silver and brass coins in the set were sold as a single lot in the Heritage Auctions Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) World […]

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A World of Money: An Impressive Large Example of China’s Earliest Gold Coinage

By Heritage Auctions …… Our December 5-6 Hong Kong Signature Auction of World and Ancient Coins features one of the most unique forms of currency we’ve offered – a sheet of “Block or Cube Money” from the State of Chu, dating to the period 400-220 BCE. It is divided into roughly 18 squares, each stamped […]

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Heritage Offers Complete Ferracute Specimen Double Pattern Set of Chinese Coins

Heritage’s December 5-6 Hong Kong World and Ancient Coins Signature Auction features a fantastically rare set of Chinese patterns, minted at the Ferracute Machine Company in New Jersey. Only three such sets are known to exist. The set contains coins ranging in denomination from five cents to one dollar, with examples of each struck in […]

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Spectacular Items and Important Collections in Heritage Hong Kong Auction

Heritage’s Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair Auction, taking place December 5-6, includes both individually spectacular items as well as important collections which will serve as a point of reference for a worldwide audience of collectors for many years to come. Below you will find just a small sampling of what awaits. Headlining the auction is […]

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China: 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic celebrated with new gold and silver collector’s coins

The Bank of the People’s Republic of China has released (10th September) new collector’s coins which are in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. With the ousting of the Chinese Republic’s government on the 1st October 1949, which took refuge on the island of Formosa (present-day Taiwan), the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed by its founder Mao Tse Tong (1893–1976)

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China: 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic celebrated with new gold and silver collector’s coins

The Bank of the People’s Republic of China has released (10th September) new collector’s coins which are in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. With the ousting of the Chinese Republic’s government on the 1st October 1949, which took refuge on the island of Formosa (present-day Taiwan), the People’s Republic of China was proclaimed by its founder Mao Tse Tong (1893–1976)

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Coin, Paper Money Auction August 19-22

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is excited to present their August Hong Kong Coin and Paper Money auction, August 19-22 in conjunction with the Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS). This comprehensive sale features numerous Pan-Asian rarities and highlights comprising over 3,500 lots of coins, paper money, tokens, and medals. Figuring prominently in the coin sessions are many […]

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NGC Grades Important Collection of Chinese Patterns Featuring Mao Zedong

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified a spectacular collection of patterns featuring the likeness of Mao Zedong, the leader of the People’s Republic of China from its founding in 1949 until his death in 1976. These 28 patterns – 14 copper and 14 aluminum – were struck in the Fen and 5 Fen denominations. A […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio to Present Chinese Coins From the Famed Charles E. Tanant Collection

Formed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Charles E. Tanant Collection contained some of the finest preserved Chinese rarities to ever enter the marketplace. While serving as an official in the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service, Tanant received many of the pieces in his collection as gifts from colleagues during the late […]

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Heritage Hong Kong Auctions Total More Than $5.7 Million

Rare Chinese coinage led the way as Heritage Hong Kong Auctions June 26-28 Signature Sales in Hong Kong realized in excess of $5.7 million overall. Auctions of both World Currency and World and Ancient Coins were held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair. All prices realized include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. The auction […]

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China: Ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pingyao featured on new commemorative gold and silver coins

The People’s Bank of China has issued a set of gold and silver commemorative coins themed on the Ancient City of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the first time the city has been commemorated on coins or currency since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949

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China: Ancient city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pingyao featured on new commemorative gold and silver coins

The People’s Bank of China has issued a set of gold and silver commemorative coins themed on the Ancient City of Pingyao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the first time the city has been commemorated on coins or currency since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949

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NGC Certifies Massive Gold Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an incredible group of colossal gold pieces: three 10-kilogram coins and a 5-kilogram “Show Panda“. The NGC Mega Holder® was used to encapsulate these massive gold pieces, which together contain over $1.5 million in gold. The first is a 2019 China Year of the Pig 100,000 Yuan 10-kilogram gold […]

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Heritage June Hong Kong Auction of Ancient and World Coins Opens for Bidding Soon

Heritage presents another assortment of coins in the first of our two annual Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair auctions, this one scheduled for June 28 in Hong Kong (June 27 in the US). As collector interest grows in tandem with the expanding economies of Asia, we continue to witness the inclusion of ever more fantastic […]

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MA-Shops: Coins from the Qing Dynasty

By MA-Shops.com …… This 1 Rupee 1902-1942 from the Qing Dynasty and this nice colorful 1 Yan 1888 from the Japanese Meiji era are just a couple of the coins offered by New Century Coins and Notes, located in Hong Kong. Anthony Lee, the founder and principal of New Century Coins and Notes, was born […]

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Key Date China 1995 Small Date 1/2oz Gold Panda Coin Offered by GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. Production for all weights and denominations of the Chinese Gold Panda was low in 1995, which makes Pandas from that year among the keys to the entire series. Especially low were the mintages of the 50 yuan half-ounce and 25 yuan quarter-ounce gold coins, making these among the hardest Pandas of all […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Spring Hong Kong Auction Realizes Nearly $7 Million

By Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their Spring 2019 auction presented in conjunction with the sixth Hong Kong Coin Show held at the Mira Hotel. The vibrant market, aided by an impressive and dynamic offering of desirable rarities, helped the sale exceed expectations, with total prices […]

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NGC-graded Imperial Chinese coin impresses at auction

The restrike of a Peking pattern turned heads at Stack’s Bowers sale in Hong Kong.
A rare restrike of an Imperial Chinese silver pattern certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) drew lively bidding at a Stack’s Bowers sale of vintage Chinese coins in Hong Kong on March 25

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NGC Certifies Cherrywood Collection of Classic Chinese Coins

The late Imperial Era rarities will be displayed in Hong Kong in March before being sold in April Numismatic Guaranty Corporation™ (NGC®) is pleased to announce that it has authenticated and graded a major collection of vintage Chinese coins. Dubbed the Cherrywood Collection, the group of rare coins, including bronze and silver patterns, was housed […]

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Niue and East India Company: Chinese “Dragon” trade coin recreated to salute the world’s historic Trade dollars

The treasury of the government of Niue, in partnership with the East India Company Bullion Ltd., has released the third coin design as part of their ongoing series entitled “The Trade Dollar Collection

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Get Ready for the March 2019 Hong Kong Coin Show

Twice each year, active coin dealers and collectors converge on the 18th Floor of The Mira Hotel in Hong Kong for an exciting numismatic event. The biannual Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS) takes place in March/April and August and features not only buying and selling but also seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and a guided tour for […]

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First International Coin Designer Training program held in Shanghai

2018 International Coin Designer Training at Shanghai Mint participants
By Louis Golino
In early December the Chinese Mint held the first International Coin Designer Training program at its Shanghai branch mint, which brought together several prominent coin designers from Europe, the U.S

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First International Coin Designer Training program held in Shanghai

2018 International Coin Designer Training at Shanghai Mint participants
By Louis Golino
In early December the Chinese Mint held the first International Coin Designer Training program at its Shanghai branch mint, which brought together several prominent coin designers from Europe, the U.S

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First International Coin Designer Training program held in Shanghai

2018 International Coin Designer Training at Shanghai Mint participants
In early December the Chinese Mint held the first International Coin Designer Training program at its Shanghai branch mint, which brought together several prominent coin designers from Europe, the U.S

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Rare Chinese Patterns Lead $5.1 Million Heritage Auctions Hong Kong Event

Rare gold and silver patterns provided many of the highlights as Heritage’s auctions realized over $5.1 million December 5-7 in Hong Kong. After auction sales are continuing and may add even more to the total. All prices include a 20% Buyer’s Premium. Rare coins sold for over $3.3 million in total, with the vast majority […]

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China: Lunar New Year celebrated with Year of the Pig silver Proof collector coins

The People’s Bank of China has issued (16th November) new collector coins which are in celebration of the upcoming Lunar New Year that occurs on the 5th February 2019. Each year in the lunar calendar is assigned a zodiac in the Chinese tradition, and every 12 years, this cycle repeats itself with the Pig being the last in the cycle

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A World of Money – Extremely Rare 2nd Variety “Reversed Legends” Pattern Kwangtung 50 Cents Coin

By Heritage Auctions …… In 1889 a new mint was opened in Kwangtung. A series of 5 coins were struck: 3.65 Candareens (5 Cents), 7-3/10 Candareens (10 Cents), 1 Mace 4-3/5 Candareens (20 Cents), 3 Mace 6-1/2 Candareens (50 Cents), and 7 Mace 3 Candareens. These pieces were struck, and entered into circulation, to replace […]

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Heritage: Coins of Asia Offered in December Hong Kong Auction

It is with much pride and excitement that we present our December 6-7 2018 Hong Kong Auction of World Coins, an event sure to be the highlight of the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair. Close to 1,000 numismatic delicacies have been meticulously curated for your enjoyment. From Imperial China we have a Kuang-hsu era trio […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Mongols

By Mike Markowitz …. The couriers of the Khan galloped over fifty degrees of longitude, and it was said that a virgin carrying a sack of gold could ride unharmed from one border of the nomad empire to the other. — Harold Lamb, Genghis Khan[1]: The Emperor of All Men, p. 112 The Rise of […]

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Coin Profile – China 1995 Panda 10 Yuan 1 Oz Silver Bullion Coin

Description: The 10-Yuan one-ounce 1995 Silver Panda is a bullion coin produced by the official mint of the People’s Republic of China. The Silver Panda bullion coin program began in 1983 as an addition to the Gold Panda bullion coin series that was launched in 1982. Silver Panda coins have been minted in various sizes […]

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The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins, and Paper Money realizes $4.08 million

Santa Ana, CA — Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins, and Paper Money. Once again, the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts from around the globe

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The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins, and Paper Money realizes $4.08 million

Santa Ana, CA — Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins, and Paper Money. Once again, the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers, and enthusiasts from around the globe

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The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction Realizes $4.08 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins and Paper Money. Once again the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from around the globe. In addition to the excellent auction sessions, […]

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The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow, Warloard Zhou Xicheng and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. It’s said that every coin tells a story. Boy, do I have one straight out of Mysteries of the Unknown, and it involves warloard Zhou Xicheng and his car. In 1928, the warlord of Kweichow province, Zhou Xicheng, minted a coin to commemorate the completion of the Kweichow […]

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Hong Kong Monetary Authority launches new banknote series from issuing banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the central association which governs and regulates the issue of banknotes from the three commercial banks and issues currency banknotes in the City State has launched (23rd July) new banknotes and themes for the 2018–2019 series. The HKMA regulates the issue of banknotes from Note Issuing Banks (or NIB’s), which include the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation, the Standard Chartered Bank, and the Bank of China — who issue these currency notes on behalf of the HKMA

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Heritage Hong Kong Auction of World, Ancient Coins and World Currency Reach $4.38 Million

94% sell-through rate produces third-highest total for any Heritage Hong Kong auction Led by strong bidding across the board, especially for Chinese coins and currency, World Coins & Ancient Coins Auction and its World Currency in the Heritage Hong Kong Auction combined to bring $4.38 million. With a combined sell-through rate of 94 percent by value, the […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Presents the August 2018 Hong Kong Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday, August 6 through Wednesday August 8 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading auctioneer of […]

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China: 30th anniversary of Industrial Bank’s founding celebrated with new “panda” collector coins

The People’s Bank of China has issued two collector coins on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of one of the country’s first commercial banking entities that introduced customer and international banking to the Chinese public. Founded on the 26th August 1988, as the Fujian Industrial Bank, its function was to introduce the mainland Chinese to the services of a commercial bank for the purpose of deposits, business and personal loans, international settlements, in addition to banking services such as issuing financial bonds to local and national government authorities

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China: 30th anniversary of Industrial Bank’s founding celebrated with new “panda” collector coins

The People’s Bank of China has issued two collector coins on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of one of the country’s first commercial banking entities that introduced customer and international banking to the Chinese public. Founded on the 26th August 1988, as the Fujian Industrial Bank, its function was to introduce the mainland Chinese to the services of a commercial bank for the purpose of deposits, business and personal loans, international settlements, in addition to banking services such as issuing financial bonds to local and national government authorities

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L. Giorgi Tall Hat Dollar, Thailand 1951 Garuda Gold Coin Among Highlights at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny – Numismatist & Cataloger, Stacks Bowers …… Appealing “L. Giorgi” signed Yuan Shih-kai in Tall Hat Dollar This preview for the August Hong Kong Showcase Auction features a terrific vintage Chinese coin from the Republic era. This elegant coin displays a front-view portrait of Yuan Shih-kai in full military regalia. His jacket […]

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Three important special collections in Künker’s summer auctions, part four — Chinese, Russian, and gold coins

Four catalogues present the material of the Künker summer auctions from June 18-21, 2018. Among others, the auction will entail the Genaert collection with coins from the Spanish Netherlands, the Popken collection with coins from the House of Welf, and the Gunther Wiegrebe collection with coins and medals from Lippe

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Heritage Hong Kong Auction Set to Open

Throughout the last year we have been thrilled to see sustained and growing interest in ancient and world coins, especially pronounced in the Asian market, which continues to show impressive results time and again. Our December Hong Kong auction alone demonstrated a 50%+ sales increase from the prior event in June of 2017. These results […]

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Künker Summer Coin Auction Sales Now Online

Dear Bidders and Coin Enthusiasts, From June 18-21, we will conduct our Summer Auctions 307-310 at the Steigenberger Hotel Remarque in Osnabrück. Spanning four catalogs, more than 4,500 lots will be offered for sale. And of course, there are quite a number of collections dedicated to a certain topic. The Genaert collection featuring coins from […]

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Precious Metal Chinese Pandas Returning to Toronto Coin Expo

By Toronto Coin Expo ….   On May 4, 2018, Chinese Pandas are returning to Toronto at the Toronto Coin Expo for a one-day appearance. Whether you collect them as bullion or numismatic issues, Chinese Panda precious metal coins hold a special place in the heart of many and the assemblage at Geoffrey Bell Auctions […]

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Unusual Russian Coin Struck at Austrian Mint Among Variety of World Coins at MA-Shops

By CoinWeek ….   At online coin marketplace MA-Shops, the width and breadth of offerings is deep, with a large variety of ancient, modern, U.S. and world coins at your perusal. As the largest shopping platform for numismatic items in Europe, it offers American collectors an opportunity for better access to rare European and otherwise […]

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Rare Chinese Coin Pattern Highlights from Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers …… Chinese Coin Pattern: An Amazing “Fang Kong” Pattern 10 Cash This week’s first highlight from the Q. David Bowers/R.B. White Collection of Chinese Copper Coins is the amazing An-hui “Fang Kong” coin pattern 10 Cash. Struck in the style of the earlier square-hole type […]

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Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers April Hong Kong Auction

By Richard Ponterio – Executive Vice President, Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Hong Kong Auction ……   Welcome to the Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April 2018 Hong Kong Auction Showcase Auction! I am pleased to present our latest auction catalog. The dedicated staff at Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio toiled for months to prepare this sale, which […]

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Incredible “L. Giorgi” Pattern 10 Cash at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction of Chinese Coins

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist & Cataloguer, Stack’s Bowers ……   This week’s Hong Kong Auction highlight from the Q. David Bowers/R.B. White collection of Chinese Copper coins is Lot 40299, an incredible pattern 10 Cash, undated (ca. 1914) and signed by the prolific die engraver and head of the Tientsin Mint, Luigi Giorgi. […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Sale Features Bowers’ Chinese Coins in Copper

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Coins in Copper. This offering, presented in a stand-alone catalog, will be held Monday, April 2 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The collection is […]

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World Coins: The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday, April 2 through Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading auctioneer […]

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Impressive “Huai” Pattern 20 Cash Chinese Coin at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Stack’s Bowers Auctions …… Another highlight from the Q. David Bowers Collection of Chinese Copper Coins to be offered in Stack’s Bowers April 2-4, 2018 Hong Kong auction as a standalone catalog. Here are featured the Impressive Kiangsu-Chingkiang “Huai” Pattern 20 Cash – the only known example in private hands. The […]

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The Krause Publications 2018 Coin of the Year Award Ceremony – World Money Fair – VIDEO

 Every year at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Krause Publications (Standard Catalog of World Coins, Numismatic News) presents its Coin of the Year (COTY) Awards in a variety of categories to honor the technical and artistic accomplishments of mints from around the world–and CoinWeek was there to record the winners at the 2018 […]

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The Krause Publications 2018 Coin of the Year Award Ceremony – World Money Fair – VIDEO

 Every year at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Krause Publications (Standard Catalog of World Coins, Numismatic News) presents its Coin of the Year (COTY) Awards in a variety of categories to honor the technical and artistic accomplishments of mints from around the world–and CoinWeek was there to record the winners at the 2018 […]

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Superb Gem Yuan Shih-kai in Tall Hat Dollar in Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers …… With the closing of our inaugural auction of 2018, the New York International (NYINC), we begin looking ahead to the exciting calendar of auctions slated for this year. The next world coin auction is our Showcase Hong Kong Auction to be held April 2-4. Our first […]

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Mysterious Honan Pattern 500 Cash Copper Coin at Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Stack’s Bowers Auctions ……   This week’s highlight from the Q. David Bowers collection of Chinese Copper Coins being offered in our April 2-4, 2018 Hong Kong auction as a stand along catalog is the mysterious Honan Pattern 500 Cash. Very little is actually known about this issue, with much speculation. […]

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China: Lunar New Year celebrations observed with new silver coins

The People’s Bank of China have issued new silver coins in celebration of the upcoming Lunar New Year, which will be observed on the 16th February according to the Gregorian (western) calendar. The People’s Bank first launched the Lunar New Year Silver Commemorative Coin Project in 2015 and has proven to be very popular with many Chinese citizens who have given the coins as tokens of celebration or welcome gifts

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Modern Chinese Coins – The Panda Coin That Nobody Knew

The 2017 China International Collection Expo Silver Panda coin proves hard to find By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……. There are Panda coins that make headlines and Panda coins that don’t. For instance, the kickoff for the approaching year’s Pandas is always a big deal. Last November, the 2018 Panda Launch was held […]

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No Buyer’s Commission for Hong Kong Champion Auction 22nd Anniversary Sale

See Us at FUN January 3-6 at Table 512 and NYINC January 11-14, Table 1802 By Champion Auction …… Champion Auction’s 22nd Anniversary auction is scheduled to be held March 4, 2018; the consignment deadline is February 21,2018. NO BUYERS COMMISSION Champion Auction, Hong Kong’s longest independent auction house, is celebrating its 22nd anniversary with […]

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Heritage Auctions’ most valuable Hong Kong World Coin and Currency Event surpasses $5.4 million

Immaculate Chinese strikes command six-figures; rare 1953 10-yuan note tops currency offerings December 6-8
Dallas, Texas — Setting a house record as the highest-grossing World Coins and Currency Auctions held in Hong Kong, Heritage Auctions’ December 6-8 event realized $5,484,035, as collectors sought out Chinese Proof coins and 19th-century dollars in superb condition. A record 1,685 bidders participated in the $4

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Heritage Auctions’ most valuable Hong Kong World Coin and Currency Event surpasses $5.4 million

Immaculate Chinese strikes command six-figures; rare 1953 10-yuan note tops currency offerings December 6-8
Dallas, Texas — Setting a house record as the highest-grossing World Coins and Currency Auctions held in Hong Kong, Heritage Auctions’ December 6-8 event realized $5,484,035, as collectors sought out Chinese Proof coins and 19th-century dollars in superb condition. A record 1,685 bidders participated in the $4

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Heritage Hong Kong Auction of World Coin and Currency Event Surpasses $5.4 million

Heritage Hong Kong Auction – Immaculate Chinese strikes command six-figures; rare 1953 10 Yuan note tops currency offerings December 6-8 Setting a house record as the highest-grossing World Coins and Currency auctions held in Hong Kong, Heritage Hong Kong Auction December 6-8 event realized $5,484,035 USD, as collectors sought out Chinese proof coins and 19th-century dollars in […]

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NGC Modern Chinese Coin Tops Heritage Auction Hong Kong Sale

A modern Chinese coin graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) led the way at the Heritage Auctions World Coins and Ancient Coin Signature Auction event in Hong Kong earlier this month. The extremely rare 1989 Dragon & Phoenix Pattern Gold 200 Yuan, graded NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo, realized an astonishing $408,000 USD. The coin […]

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Modern Chinese Coins – Kung Full of Pandas

Some of the most innovative Modern Chinese Coins designs for Chinese Panda coins were inspired by cartoons Illustration – Kung Fu Panda | DreamWorks Animation By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……. “Legend tells of a legendary warrior… whose kung fu skills were … so deadly in fact, that his enemies would go blind from […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #85: Dave Harper Talks Differences Between Chinese and American Coin Shows

 CoinWeek Podcast #85: Dave Harper Talks Differences Between Chinese and American Coin Shows Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Numismatic News editor Dave Harper has just returned from a trip to the Beijing International Coin Exposition, one of the world’s fastest growing […]

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The 2017 Champion Macau Auction on November 26

The November Champion Macau Auction features rarities graded by PMG and NGC. The auction is held at the Sofitel Macau ponte 16 on November 26th and is jointly sponsored by the Macau Numismatic Society which host its annual show 11/24-26 at the nearby Kam Pak Community center. Auction Online: www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/111183_champion-macau-auction/ Schedule Macau Preview  11/24 11:00-18:00  […]

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Classic Chinese Coins – The Casting of the Hubei One Tael Silver Coin

Hubei One Tael in Silver with Large Characters – NC Collection By Che-lu Tseng (USA), for the Journal of East Asian Numismatics …… Chang Chih-tung (張之洞, Zhāng Zhīdòng), a reform-minded official in the late Qing Empire, made important contributions to modern Chinese machine-struck silver coins. In 1887, as Viceroy of Guangdong and Guangxi, Chang submitted a report […]

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Heritage: December Hong Kong Coin Auction Opens for Bidding Soon

Our last World Coin Signature event of 2017 is scheduled for December 7-8 in Hong Kong. This auction, as always, is highlighted by a wide array of exceptional rarities from across Asia, with many coins offered in unparalleled quality. We have picked out just a few of our favorites below. Two classic Chinese rarities share […]

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APMEX Introduces 2018 Gold, Silver Chinese Pandas

APMEX, Inc., a leading Precious Metals retailer based in Oklahoma City, is thrilled to announce that 2018 Gold and Silver Chinese Pandas are now available to order. The 1 oz Gold Panda, introduced in 1982, featured a simple design showcasing one of the most beloved animals in the world. Since then, the yearly changing designs […]

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Heritage Auction World Coins: Kwangtung “Reversed Legends” Pattern 50 Cents

In 1889 a new mint was opened in Kwangtung. A series of five coins were struck: 3.65 Candareens (5 Cents), 7-3/10 Candareens (10 Cents), 1 Mace 4-3/5 Candareens (20 Cents), 3 Mace 6-1/2 Candareens (50 Cents), and 7 Mace 3 Candareens. These pieces were struck, and entered into circulation, to replace foreign silver coins. It […]

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The Howard F. Bowker Collection Enhances the National Numismatic Collection

Guest Commentary by Dr. Ellen R. Feingold, Curator of the National Numismatic Collection …… Tomorrow, November 8, is the first day that selections from the Smithsonian’s East Asian coin collection–featuring the recently-acquired Howard F. Bowker Collection–will be exhibited as part of the National Numismatic Collection’s ongoing “Value of Money” exhibit. The Collection’s curator, Dr. Ellen […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for October 27, 2017: The Bitcoin Revue, Vending Machines for Crows

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for October 27, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) Coin stash that puts new spin on China’s 100 years of humiliation Inside a nondescript Hong Kong warehouse sit seven tons of Qing dynasty coins – proof, their owner says, that it was the imperial monetary system, not the opium trade, that […]

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NGC Certifies Hercules Collection of Modern Chinese Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the Hercules Collection, one of the finest and most complete sets of modern Chinese coins ever assembled. The Hercules Collection includes a high-grade example of virtually every non-circulating modern coin issued by China since 1979, the date generally considered to be the start of modern Chinese coinage. The coins’ […]

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NGC Certifies Hercules Collection of Modern Chinese Coins

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the Hercules Collection, one of the finest and most complete sets of modern Chinese coins ever assembled. The Hercules Collection includes a high-grade example of virtually every non-circulating modern coin issued by China since 1979, the date generally considered to be the start of modern Chinese coinage. The coins’ […]

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Ancient Coin Collectors Guild Continues Fight Against Coin Seizure

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Until the early years of the 21st century, it was relatively easy and completely legal for an American collector to import ancient coins from most other countries. But in recent years there has been a definite trend toward ever-increasing restrictions on such activities. The Ancient Coin Collectors Guild (ACCG) was […]

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Chinese Coins: The First Show Panda

Chinese coins- The first Show Panda created quite the “Pandamania” in the late 1980s By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……. As hundreds of collectors, dealers, flippers and even scholars swirled past me at the Hong Kong Coin Fair, I stared attentively across the showcase. Robert Mish stood there, dressed in sport shirt and […]

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China: BRICS summit featured on new gold and silver collector coins

The Bank of the People’s Republic of China issued (28th August) three new collector coins which are in honour of the 9th BRICS Summit hosted in Xiamen, Fujian Province, from the 3rd to the 5th September. The five BRICS economies of Brasil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa convened in 2009 to increase trade levels, energy needs, and production among them

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Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Recap – Dragon and Phoenix Gold 1,500 Yuan

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers …… Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is thrilled to present the results for another exciting large sized Modern Chinese gold commemorative coin that was featured in our August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. This coin, with its iconic Dragon and Phoenix motif realized $114,000 USD. The mythical […]

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Strong Prices for Chinese Coin Rarities: Champion Hong Kong Auction 2017 Results Breakdown

By CoinWeek …. Champion Auctions recently held its Summer Hong Kong Auction on August 20. The company, headed by Michael Chou, sold 455 out of the 526 lots of rare and collectible coins, including many rarities and collectible coins from China, Asia, Europe, and the U.S., for a percentage realized of 86.5%. Many of the […]

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China: BRICS summit featured on new gold and silver collector coins

The Bank of the People’s Republic of China issued (28th August) three new collector coins which are in honour of the 9th BRICS Summit hosted in Xiamen, Fujian Province, from the 3rd to the 5th September. The five BRICS economies of Brasil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa convened in 2009 to increase trade levels, energy needs, and production among them

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Something for Everyone in Heritage’s Long Beach World and Ancient Coin Auctions

On the heels of our Platinum Night auction in Denver just a month ago, we’ve pulled together another outstanding group of coins – nearly 4,000 in number – to offer in our September 7-12 auction of World and Ancient coins. While there are many reasons to get excited about this offering, we think diversity is […]

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NGC Certifies China 1911 Long Whisker Dragon Pattern Gold Dollar

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare China 1911 Long Whisker Dragon Pattern Gold Dollar. Graded NGC SP 63+, it is considered to be one of the most valuable coins in vintage Chinese numismatics. This rarity was submitted in Shanghai to the NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau (ACAB), which was established in March […]

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Dillon Gage Metals Teams with China Great Wall

Dillon Gage Asia, a subsidiary of Dillon Gage Metals, one of the world’s largest precious metals wholesale firms, has entered into an agreement with China Great Wall Coins Investment Ltd. to distribute bullion coins from the official sovereign mint of China. China Great Wall is a subsidiary of the People’s Bank of China, based in […]

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Dillon Gage Metals Teams with China Great Wall

Dillon Gage Asia, a subsidiary of Dillon Gage Metals, one of the world’s largest precious metals wholesale firms, has entered into an agreement with China Great Wall Coins Investment Ltd. to distribute bullion coins from the official sovereign mint of China. China Great Wall is a subsidiary of the People’s Bank of China, based in […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, World Coins & Paper Money Realizes $4.26 Million

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins and Paper Money. Once again the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from around the globe. In addition to the excellent auction sessions, the week was […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, World Coins & Paper Money Realizes $4.26 Million

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce the results of their August 2017 Hong Kong Showcase Auction of Chinese Coins, Foreign Coins and Paper Money. Once again the semi-annual sale located at the Mira Hotel attracted collectors, dealers and enthusiasts from around the globe. In addition to the excellent auction sessions, the week was […]

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Champion Auctions: 2017 Champion Auction: Lots You Need to Know

  On August 20, Champion Auctions will offer more than 500 lots of rare and collectible coins from Asia, Europe, and the United States.  Many pieces come from the Charles E. Tanant Collection, a former French official at the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service. Over his almost four-decade-long career, Tanant collected Imperial provincial and early Republic coins. […]

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CoinWeek Podcast #72: The Coin Market in Asia is Growing

CoinWeek Podcast #72: The Coin Market in Asia is Growing Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. Charles Morgan sat down with Champion Auctions president Michael Chou in Berlin to discuss the current state of the Asian coin market. The structure of the […]

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20th Century Rarities Claim Top Honors in Heritage $4.1 Million Hong Kong World Coin Auction

1914 Republic Yuan Shih-kai silver dollar brings $77,675; 1953 Peoples Republic of China 10 Yuan Pick 870 Note sold for $47,800 A 1914 Republic Yuan Shih-kai Silver “L. Giorgi” Pattern Specimen Dollar SP65 PCGS, took top lot honors at $77,675 USD in Heritage Auctions’ inaugural Asian Coins and Currency Auctions held June 21-23 in Hong […]

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Heritage: 20th Century Rarities Claim Top Honors in $4 Million Hong Kong Auctions

A Chinese 1914 Republic Yuan Shih-kai silver “L. Giorgi” Pattern Specimen Dollar SP65 PCGS, took top lot honors at $77,675 USD in Heritage Auction’s $2.9 million Asian Coins Signature Auction held June 21-23 in Hong Kong. The auction saw bidders vying for a diverse selection of 20th century rarities in one of the fastest-growing events […]

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Modern Chinese Coins: On The Wild Side

Many Chinese coins and medals celebrate the country’s wildlife, including the 2000 Hoopoe bird coins By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   Would you like to go take photos of birds? It is Mr. Qin, a friend in the coin business, calling. Despite a long day out in the Shenyang sun, my “Yes” […]

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First Chinese Coins Certified by NGC Advanced Authentication Bureau in Gallery Online

The coins were the first to be evaluated by the newly established NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau (ACAB), led by noted expert Chen Gi Mao Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) announced on March 9 that it certified one of just three known complete sets of 1897 Szechuan pattern coins struck by the Ferracute Machine Company of […]

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Bowker Collection Chinese Coins in the Shanghai Mint Museum

Many of the coins from the Howard Franklin Bowker Collection were graded by NGC before they were donated to the Shanghai Mint Museum The Shanghai Mint Museum was opened in 2004 to showcase the artistry and history of Chinese coins and paper money. It occupies 600 square meters of the Shanghai Mint’s facility, which was […]

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Bowker Collection Chinese Coins in the Shanghai Mint Museum

Many of the coins from the Howard Franklin Bowker Collection were graded by NGC before they were donated to the Shanghai Mint Museum The Shanghai Mint Museum was opened in 2004 to showcase the artistry and history of Chinese coins and paper money. It occupies 600 square meters of the Shanghai Mint’s facility, which was […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 12, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 12, 2017 Current Events 1.) Indian Demonetization did not impede future black money flows: UN report The Indian government’s demonetisation measures did not impede future black money flows in new denominations, a UN report said on Monday. According to UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia […]

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NGC Certifies Important 1910 and 1911 Chinese Coins Struck by the Vienna Mint

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified 11 important coins struck by the Vienna Mint in 1910 and 1911 for the Central Mint in Tianjin, China. These extremely rare coins were carefully preserved in the Central Mint Archives for many years, a pedigree that is noted on the NGC certification label. In 1905 the Empire of […]

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Counterfeit Detection: 2017 One Kilo Chinese Silver Panda 300 Yuan

This counterfeit 2017 Chinese Silver Panda 300 Yuan has sharper details than the genuine coin Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) recently received a peculiar-looking 2017 One Kilo Silver 300 Yuan Panda. Although the coin weighed precisely one kilogram (just as it should), the coin was much thicker than other one-kilo Silver Pandas. Unfortunately for the submitter, […]

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Chinese Panda Coins: Pandas Tip the Rarity Scale

There are more than a dozen Chinese Panda coins and medals, including Show Pandas, that — by published mintage — rank from uncommon to very scarce By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   How rare is rare? Many people talk about rarity the way they do coin grades: very rare, extremely rare, etc. […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio April World & Chinese Coins & Paper Money Hong Kong Auction Brings Over $5.8 Million

  Latest Hong Kong auction shows strength in market for Chinese coins… April is always an exciting time in Kowloon, Hong Kong, as hundreds of coin and paper money dealers, collectors and enthusiasts gather for a week of world class auctions and the fastest growing coin and paper money show. This past week Stack’s Bowers […]

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NGC Extends Deal with Guojin, Appoints Company Exclusive Distributor to Chinese Banks

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that it has extended its submission agreement with Guojin Gold Co., Ltd. (Guojin), one of the largest distributors of gold and silver products in China. NGC and Guojin began to work together in early 2016 on a program to offer NGC-certified Chinese Gold and Silver Panda coins to clients […]

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NGC & Chen Gi Mao Form NGC Advanced Vintage Chinese Coins Authentication Bureau

Extremely Rare 1897 Ferracute Szechuan Pattern Set is Certified Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) and noted numismatist Chen Gi Mao have announced that they will form the NGC Advanced Chinese Authentication Bureau (ACAB). The partnership combines the experience and expertise of NGC, a leading third-party coin grading service established in 1987, and Chen Gi Mao, one […]

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Reversed Dragon Pattern Dollar at Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Hong Kong Showcase Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   Our inaugural preview of the upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio April Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a vintage Chinese coin that always performs well at auction; the Reversed Dragon Pattern Dollar. The Central Mint in Tientsin – operated by the Board of Revenue in […]

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NGC Celebrates Mother’s Day with Special Label for all Modern Coins

NGC has designed a unique special label in honor of Mother’s Day In celebration of Mother’s Day, which will be observed around the world in May, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created a special Mother’s Day label. This label is the perfect companion to NGC’s Father’s Day label, released last year. It will make any […]

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NGC Celebrates Mother’s Day with Special Label for all Modern Coins

NGC has designed a unique special label in honor of Mother’s Day In celebration of Mother’s Day, which will be observed around the world in May, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has created a special Mother’s Day label. This label is the perfect companion to NGC’s Father’s Day label, released last year. It will make any […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Design Moments: Irish Free State coins c. 1928 By 1926 the newly-minted Irish Free State was ready to get its own coinage and by the time the Coinage Act was enacted in 1927 a design competition was under way… 2.) Stories […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Design Moments: Irish Free State coins c. 1928 By 1926 the newly-minted Irish Free State was ready to get its own coinage and by the time the Coinage Act was enacted in 1927 a design competition was under way… 2.) Stories […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for January 6, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Design Moments: Irish Free State coins c. 1928 By 1926 the newly-minted Irish Free State was ready to get its own coinage and by the time the Coinage Act was enacted in 1927 a design competition was under way… 2.) Stories of […]

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Krause Announces 2017 Coin of the Year Award Nominees

Australia and Canada have the most nominations in the annual Coin of the Year Award competition By Krause Publications ….. The first round of voting for the Coin of the Year by an international panel of judges must work through a list of 10 categories in which 98 nominated coins must be considered. All of […]

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Ring in the New Year with the 2017 Stacks Bowers NYINC Auction

  Stack’s Bowers Galleries is thrilled to share details of their forthcoming Stacks Bowers NYINC Auction of world coins, world paper money and ancient coins, held in conjunction with the prestigious New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC). This event will be held January 12-14 2017 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in vibrant Midtown Manhattan in […]

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Last Chance to Register Before Live Auction: Champion Macau Sale of Important Asian Coins

On December 3, 2016 at noon Macau time (December 2, 11:00 EST), Champion Auctions will hold an auction of important Chinese and Asian coins, led by selections from the NC and the Charles Tanant Collections. The NC Collection was assembled in earnest over the course of thirty years, beginning in the 1970s and includes a […]

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World Coin Auctions – Numismatic Rarities at Numismatik Lanz

Highlights of the upcoming Lanz Auction include an aureus of Magna Urbica with a provenance dating back as far as 1907 and an elaborately worked Bavarian gnadenpfennig By Numismatik Lanz …… Numismatic dealership Numismatik Lanz will auction off 710 lots comprising coins and medals from all over the world in their own premises on 7 […]

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Heritage: Hong Kong Auction Open for Bidding

Our third semi-annual Hong Kong World Coins Signature Auction, scheduled for December 8-9, is open for bidding at HA.com! It has been only one year since we held our first auction in Hong Kong, and yet we have already made great strides in building our presence in the Chinese and East Asian Market. This current […]

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NGC – Chinese Coins: The Last Palace

  2016 is the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen’s birth and the People’s Republic of China has just released three coins to commemorate this event By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   It feels like a train station. We weave though the milling crowd in the ticket office lobby. The glass barrier between […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for November 4, 2016 Canada 150 1.) Royal Canadian Mint unveils its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled its 2017 Canada 150 circulation coin series featuring the work of five Canadians selected by popular vote to design the tails side of the […]

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Mintages Raised for Chinese Silver, Gold Panda Coins

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. Since the early 1980s, the People’s Republic of China has struck its own gold and silver bullion coins for international trade. In addition to their precious metal content, these coins are also prized collectibles due to their lower mintage figures compared to most government-issued bullion coins. Now, the […]

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The Global War Against Collectors of Ancient Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek …. By including antiquities within the political construction “cultural property” nationalist retentionist cultural policies often claim all antiquities from beneath, or on the soil of lands within their borders as cultural property and of importance to their national identity, and their citizens’ collective and individual identities.[1] THERE IS A GLOBAL […]

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World Coin Auctions – Large Collection of Imperial Silver at Grün

By Heidelberger Münzhandlung Herbert Grün…. In the autumn of 2016, Heidelberger Münzhandlung will conduct two auctions: Auction 69 comprising the entire range of numismatics with a focus laid on Germany, and Auction 70 offering an almost complete collection of silver coins from the German Empire As happened in spring already, Heidelberger Münzhandlung adds to the […]

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World Coin Auctions – Large Collection of Imperial Silver at Grün

By Heidelberger Münzhandlung Herbert Grün ….   In the autumn of 2016, Heidelberger Münzhandlung will conduct two auctions: Auction 69 comprising the entire range of numismatics with a focus laid on Germany, and Auction 70 offering an almost complete collection of silver coins from the German Empire As happened in spring already, Heidelberger Münzhandlung adds […]

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Chinese Coins: Show and Friendship Pandas

Olympic Participation Medals and Show Pandas exemplify the spirit of friendship By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   One of the wonderful aspects of coin collecting is the opportunity to make new friends from around the world. Numismatics brings people from any and all cultures together. The recent ANA World’s Fair of Money […]

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Chinese Coins: Show and Friendship Pandas

Olympic Participation Medals and Show Pandas exemplify the spirit of friendship By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …….   One of the wonderful aspects of coin collecting is the opportunity to make new friends from around the world. Numismatics brings people from any and all cultures together. The recent ANA World’s Fair of Money […]

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Chinese Pandas – Setting the Bar High in Shenyang

For its 120th anniversary, the Shenyang Mint has unveiled numerous commemorative items, including a half-kilogram silver bar with an enchanting panorama of images from three decades of Panda coins By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……. It is late August and summer is already waning in northern China. Under a brilliant blue sky with […]

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China 1995 Panda 10 Yuan 1 Oz Silver Bullion Coin

Description: The 10-Yuan one-ounce 1995 Silver Panda is a bullion coin produced by the official mint of the People’s Republic of China. The Silver Panda bullion coin program began in 1983 as an addition to the Gold Panda bullion coin series that was launched in 1982. Silver Panda coins have been minted in various sizes […]

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Champion Summer Hong Kong Auction Attracts Top Bidders, Record Prices for Chinese Coins

By Champion Auction …… Champion Auction is the only Asian Auction house which holds auction lot viewing in the US, Taipei, Shanghai, and Hong Kong/Macau area. This policy allows our bidders to bid by phone and online to support a strong floor turnout, which leads to the top auction prices. Champion is also the oldest […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio Hong Kong Auction of Chinese, World Coins and Paper Money Brings over $4.1 Million

August is always an exciting time in Kowloon, Hong Kong, as hundreds of coin and paper money dealers, collectors and enthusiasts gather for a week of world class auctions. This past week was no exception as Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio brought their annual sale to the Mira Hotel attracting spirited bidders from throughout the world. […]

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Howard Franklin Bowker Benefit Auction and Champion Liveauctioneers Auction

By Champion Auction  …… We are very excited to offer selections from the Howard Franklin Bowker East Asian Collection. Many of the Bowker coins are in the top level of preservation and with excellent eye appeal. This is a great opportunity to add these coins to a Chinese collection. A few of the most important […]

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Important Selections from Bowker East Asian Coin Collection Offered by Champion Auctions

By CoinWeek ….. On August 23, Champion Auctions will hold an auction of important Chinese and East Asian coins at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong. Bidders can also register and participate online at Liveauctioneers or through Champion Auction’s website, www.cghka.com. Highlights from the sale include an 1896 Chihli Province dollar Triangle Variety NGC MS 63; […]

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Certified World Coins – NGC Highlights in the Champion Summer Auction

NGC-certified coins highlight Champion’s Summer auction, which will be held in Hong Kong on August 23 The Champion Summer Auction will be held on August 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong. The sale features coins from the Bowker East Asian Collection as well as items from the Chinese Family […]

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Preview of Stack’s Bowers Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday August 15 through Wednesday April 17 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is the leading auctioneer of […]

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Atlas Numismatics Publishes Newest Fixed-Price List – July 2016

By Atlas Numismatics ……   New Inventory Atlas Numismatics has updated their website with 366 new coins, medals, and tokens at fixed price. Selections include the following items: Superb Athenian Owl http://atlasnumismatics.com/1038222/ Images courtesy Atlas Numismatics 1038222 | GREEK. ATTICA. Athens. Struck circa 440-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm. NGC MS✭ (Mint State ✭) Strike 5/5 Surface […]

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Stack’s Bowers World Coin Auction – Gem Chinese 1910 Pattern Dragon Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers …… This week’s preview for the Stack’s Bowers upcoming August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is a lovely Dragon Pattern Dollar from the final period of the Chinese Empire and the Qing (Ch’ing) Dynasty. The Central Mint in Tientsin – operated by the Board of Revenue in […]

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Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio to Auction Rarities at Upcoming Hong Kong Showcase

Stack’s Bowers Galleries has shared the following press release:
SANTA ANA, CA. — Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held Monday August 15 through Wednesday April 17 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Stack’s Bowers World Coin Auctions – Hupeh Tael with Large Characters

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers …… This preview for our upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction features a lovely Hupeh Tael, a perennially popular issue. The Hupeh Tael was part of a projected coinage reform based on the traditional Chinese weight standard rather than the dollar system. […]

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Chinese Coins – 1889 Pattern Dollar Leads Heritage HK Auction

Rare patterns and modern Chinese Coins and bullion star as total sales soar by 30% An elegantly-preserved 1889 Kwangtung Empire Specimen Pattern Dollar SP64+ Brown PCGS commanded US$150,000 in Heritage Auctions Hong Kong’s $3.58+ million joint World & Ancient Coins and Currency Signature Auctions®, held June 22-24, 2016 at the Mira Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui, […]

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Stack’s Bowers World Coin Auctions – Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Dollar

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stacks Bowers ……   The upcoming Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio August Hong Kong Showcase Auction is rapidly approaching and this week we preview a fantastic vintage Chinese rarity, the Sun Yat-sen “Mausoleum” Dollar. Richard Placht, medalist and engraver for the Vienna Mint designed this pattern that features the […]

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World Coins – Rare Chinese Coinage Highlights $3.6 Million Hong Kong Auction Results

Rarities from mainland China highlighted the results as our second Hong Kong numismatic auction event brought its consignors close to US$3.6 million. Held in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair on June 22-24, our rare coin auction, focusing on issues from eastern Asia, brought its consignors over $2.8 million, with world currency (also […]

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World Coins – A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Chinese Gold Panda Coins

1988 China 1 oz Gold Panda BU By Peter Anthony  – Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……. There are many ways to collect Gold Pandas. A look at current NGC Registry sets may help get you started. Perhaps no series of modern Chinese coins is more important and more misunderstood than gold Pandas. Many people still think […]

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Modern Coins – The Growing Appeal of World Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. During World War II and on into the Cold War, American G.I.s returning from deployment overseas often came home with handfuls of foreign coins as souvenirs. For many collectors of a certain age, this was their first taste of the fascinating field of coin collecting. The appeal […]

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Stack’s Bowers Ponterio April Hong Kong Sale to Feature Many Rarities

  Bank of China 1 Dollar, 1909 Banknote & Kwangtung. 3 Mace 6 ½ Candareens Coin Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to announce details of their upcoming Hong Kong Auction of Chinese and Asian coins and currency, to be held April 5 through April 8 at The Mira Hong Kong, 118 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, […]

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The Coin Analyst: 2016 Panda Coins and the Switch to Metric Weights

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek…. One of the most anticipated events of the modern world coin scene every year is the release in October of the design for the following year’s silver and gold Panda coins by the People’s Bank of China. Last year’s release of these coins shocked many people when the inscriptions for […]

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Exquisite Collection of Savoy Coins at Upcoming Gadoury Sale

By Éditions Victor Gadoury…. The upcoming Gadoury sale will present a large collection of coins of Savoy featuring many great rarities. The connoisseur will furthermore find coins ranging in date from antiquity to the present time. The auction will focus on France, Russia, and, needless to add, on Monaco–not to forget the rich material from […]

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Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Unreserved Coin Auction Sept. 13

By Carol Achterhof – Thomaston Place Auction Galleries On Sunday, September 13 starting at 10:00 a.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present a special, unreserved auction of over 1,100 lots of rare coins and currency sourced from fine private collections and Maine estates. Owner and auctioneer Kaja Veilleux said: “Given the breadth of great numismatic […]

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David T. Alexander: Ships on World Coins!

By David Thomason Alexander for CoinWeek…. With their natural grace and implied motion, Ships are among the most beautiful elements in the coin designs for nations around the globe and provide a wonderful collecting topic for beginning and advanced collectors. The appeal of a graceful Bahamian sloop or a smooth-sailing Fiji outrigger canoe in overwhelming, […]

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Impressive Rarities Set to Cross the Auction Block in Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s April 2015 Hong Kong Auction

Rarities from the W&B Capital Foundation Collection and Other Important Properties Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio’s April 2015 Hong Kong auction will entice bidders with a total of 2,077 lots of Chinese and Asian coins and banknotes from ancient to modern times, in four live Showcase sessions and two internet-only sessions. Session A commencing at 10:00 […]

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