Category Archives: Asian Coins

The Joint Coinage of Qatar and Dubai

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Qatar & Dubai AH1386-1966 25 Dirhams, PCGS MS64. Images courtesy PCGS The Gulf Emirate States are an amazing and rich area of the world, with the history of this region stretching back thousands of years. Prior to the discovery of oil there and the wealth from it, what today […]

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Countermarked Holed Coins of the Philippines in Stack’s Bowers Auction

By Kyle Ponterio – Senior Numismatist and Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers Galleries …… The countermark series of the Philippines is quite vast with a whole array of coins serving as hosts. Utilizing coins ranging from the Spanish colonial period to the early republics of the Americas, and even some from Europe, these countermarks are usually applied […]

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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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Singapore Mint Launches New Macau Lunar Coin Series

By The Singapore Mint ….. The Singapore Mint is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by the Monetary Authority of Macau as the official mint and exclusive international sales agent responsible for the production and international marketing of the new Macau Lunar Coin Series. The new series covers a period of 12 years, […]

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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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Evolution of Life Coin Series Continues With Diplocaulus Fossil

Evolution of Life – Diplocaulus Mongolia. 500 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61mm. Antique finish. Mintage: 999. Special technology: partially plated. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Mongolia. 1,000 Togrog. 2020. Gold .9999. 0.5g. 11mm. Proof. Mintage: 15,000. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side presents the skull and the upper […]

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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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Annam Gold 5 Tien Among New World Coins at Atlas Numismatics

By Atlas Numismatics …… We hope that everyone is doing well and that your summer has been a pleasant one up to this point. We are pleased to bring you a new selection of coins for your consideration. As a reminder, if you have any coins that you would like to offer to us, Atlas Numismatics is […]

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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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Ancient Coin Profiles: The Indepedent Bronze Coinage of Roman Termessos

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. High in the mountains of Pisidia in Anatolia, near the Mediterranean coast of what is now southwestern Turkey), lay the remarkably well-preserved ruins of Termessos Major. Unconquered by man, the city was felled by nature when an earthquake destroyed a local aqueduct in the fifth century CE (AD). Despite […]

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Ancient Coin Profiles: The Indenpedent Bronze Coinage of Roman Termessos

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ….. High in the mountains of Pisidia in Anatolia, near the Mediterranean coast of what is now southwestern Turkey), lay the remarkably well-preserved ruins of Termessos Major. Unconquered by man, the city was felled by nature when an earthquake destroyed a local aqueduct in the fifth century CE (AD). Despite […]

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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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Special Selection of Brazilian Coins in Heritage Monthly Auction

Besides Brazilian Coins, Extreme Rarity of Indian Numismatics Also Available in August Auction   The latest month-long auction from Heritage features a Special Selection of Brazilian coins, offered entirely without reserve. This auction, containing Brazilian selections for all numismatic budgets, is open for bidding now, with the live session scheduled for Sunday, July 26 at […]

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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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The Last Coinage of Portuguese India

By Jay Turner for PCGS …… Throughout the long and complicated history of Colonial India, Portugal had the longest span of all the European colonizers. Beginning as early as 1498, colonial rule by Portugal continued in India until 1961 — a full 13 years past 1948, when British colonial control famously ended and India became […]

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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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Coinage of the Mughals

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. The Mughal (or “Moghul“[1]) Empire ruled much of South Asia for over three centuries. Mughal emperors accumulated vast wealth, with an economy based on a stable and abundant coinage in gold, silver and copper. They commissioned magnificent buildings and works of art – including some of the largest, costliest, […]

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Gold Quarter Mohurs of the Zand at Stack’s Bowers Collectors Choice Auction

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… While the American colonies were in the midst of a revolution that would see them gain independence from Great Britain, Persia on the other side of the world was mostly experiencing a period of peace and relative stability following decades of infighting. The Zands […]

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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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Celebrate the Year of the Ox With Gold and Silver Coins

Year of the Ox Mongolia. 1,000 Togrog. 2021. Silver .999. 1 oz. Antique finish. Size approx. 35 mm. Mintage: 999. Technology: smartminting©. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Year of the Ox Coin Shape: small sculpture in the shape of an ox. One side shows the features of an ox with a flower […]

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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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Racoon Dog: Trickster of Japanese Folklore on Third Woodland Spirits Silver Coin

Woodland Spirits – Racoon Dog Mongolia. 500 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 1 oz. Partly pad printed. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 1,500. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side presents the head of a racoon dog in front view; the animal is hiding in a flower field. Below, the series’ title Woodland […]

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Racoon Dog: Trickster of Japanese Folklore on Third Woodland Spirits Silver Coin

Woodland Spirits – Racoon Dog Mongolia. 500 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 1 oz. Partly pad printed. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 1,500. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side presents the head of a racoon dog in front view; the animal is hiding in a flower field. Below, the series’ title Woodland […]

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Plesiosaur Latest Coin in High Relief Silver Prehistoric Beasts Series

Prehistoric Beasts – Plesiosauria Mongolia. 2,000 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 3 oz. Blue-rock finish. 65 mm. Proof. Mintage: 499. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin One side presents the fossilized skeleton of a plesiosaur; below in italics Plesiosauria, Blainville, 1835; in block letters Mesozoic era. The other side features the coat of […]

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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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Coin Profile – 2020 Laos 1 oz Silver 500 KIP Indochinese Tiger

Laos Indochinese Tiger Product Details This bullion silver coin issued by the country of Laos features the Indochinese tiger. This APMEXclusive® has a limited mintage of 10,000 coins. Indochinese Tiger Coin Highlights: Mintage of 10,000 Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver. APMEXclusive® worldwide. View more exclusives here Coin comes in protective packaging. Obverse: Depicts the Bank […]

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Mahatma Gandhi Latest in CIT’s Revolutionaries Gold, Silver Coin Series

Revolutionaries – Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2020. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 13.92 mm. Proof. Mintage: 5,000. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The reverse depicts a frontal portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, in the left field, MAHATMA GANDHI in Latin and Mongolian script, in the field below, 2020. The obverse features the coat of […]

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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 British Trade Dollar: A Turn-of-the-Century Staple of Commerce in East Asia

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… Following Spanish colonization of the New World during the 16th century and the subsequent utilization of local silver mines—especially in Mexico—trade increased between the Americas and Spain’s outpost in the Far East—the Philippines. Commerce in the Filipino capital of Manila allowed for access to […]

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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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Majestic Eagle Series in High-Relief Gold, Silver and Copper From Coin Invest Trust

Majestic Eagle Gold Mongolia. 25,000 Togrog 2020. Gold .9999. 1 oz. Proof. 33 mm. Mintage: 199 pcs. Mongolia. 1,000 Togrog 2020. Gold .9999. 1/10 oz. Proof. 16.5 mm. Mintage: 999 pcs. Silver Mongolia. 2,000 Togrog 2020. Silver .999. 3 oz. Proof. 45 mm. Mintage: 500 pcs. Mongolia. 500 Togrog 2020. Silver .999. 1 oz. Proof. […]

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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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Extremely Rare Gold Coins of the Mughal Emperor to be Offered at Spink USA

Two rare gold coins of the Mughal emperor Jahangir are on offer at the Spink USA sale at the New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC), at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on January 19. Lot 264 is a Mohur depicting an image of taurus the bull, struck at Agra mint (estimate $80,000-100,000). This is an extremely […]

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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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NGC-Certified 400-Year-Old India Gold Coin Realizes $383,000

A 400-year-old Mughal Empire India gold coin certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized $504,000 CAN (about $383,000 USD) on December 11, 2019. The extraordinary sum was more than double the pre-sale estimate of $150,000 to $250,000 CAN (about $114,000 to $190,000 USD). The price realized includes a 20% buyer’s premium. The 1605 Mughal Empire […]

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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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Fabergé’s Famous Apple Blossom Egg Celebrated on New Coin From Coin Invest Trust

100th Anniversary of the Death of Peter Carl Fabergé: Apple Blossom Egg Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 2 oz. Proof with color application and partial gilding. 38.61 mm. Mintage: 888. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse features the coat of arms of the Bank of Mongolia, below in Cyrillic script 1000 Togrog, […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coinage of the Guptas

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. IN INDIA’S LONG HISTORY, the Gupta Empire (c. 319 – 550 CE) is remembered as a golden age of art, literature, science, and culture. Economically it was truly a golden era; Gupta kings issued a flood of beautiful gold dinaras – coins that reflected the prosperity created by the […]

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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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Gold, Shaped Silver Coins From CIT Celebrate Edelweiss Flower

Edelweiss – Mountain Star Description Mongolia. 500 Togrog. 2019. Silver .999. 1 oz. Appr. 33 mm. Antique finish. Mintage: 2,500. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. The blank is minted in the shape of an edelweiss. The obverse features the coat of arms of the Bank of Mongolia, below in Cyrillic script 500 Togrog, in the […]

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NGC, PMG Grading On-Site in India for the First Time in April 2020

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation®  is pleased to announce that it will conduct on-site grading in Mumbai, India, in April 2020. This is the first time that NGC, a leading third-party grading service for coins, tokens, and medals, has offered on-site grading in India. The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation India on-site grading event will be held in April […]

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Hidden Tiger Coin From CIT Features Alternating Proof and Frosted Fields

Hidden Tiger Mongolia. 250 togrog. 2019. Silver .999. 1/2 oz. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 2,500. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin The obverse features the coat of arms of the Bank of Mongolia, below, 250 togrog in Cyrillic script, in the exergue, MONGOLIA 1/2 oz .999 SILVER in Latin script. The obverse […]

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Sinraptor Inaugurates New Dinosaur Coin Series From CIT

Evolution of Life – Sinraptor Mongolia. 500 togrog. 2019. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61 mm. Antique finish. Mintage: 999. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Mongolia. 1,000 togrog. 2019. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 11 mm. Proof. Mintage: 15,000. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description of the Coin The obverse features the coat of arms of the […]

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CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series: Coins of the Kushan Empire

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ….. During the first centuries of the Christian era, a vast inland empire stretched across Central Asia under the name Kushan. They have been referred to as a super power of their time along with the Chinese, Persians and Romans … Just how and when the Kushan dynasty was formed continues […]

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NGC, NCS and PMG Appoint Marudhar Arts an Official Submission Center in India

The Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®) has appointed Marudhar Arts an Official Submission Center in India. CCG’s independent member companies include Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), Numismatic Conservation Services™ (NCS®), and Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®). Marudhar Arts is one of India’s leading numismatic dealers and auctioneers. It was founded in 1966 by Mr. Prem Ratan Maru and […]

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NGC, NCS and PMG Appoint Marudhar Arts an Official Submission Center in India

The Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®) has appointed Marudhar Arts an Official Submission Center in India. CCG’s independent member companies include Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), Numismatic Conservation Services™ (NCS®), and Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®). Marudhar Arts is one of India’s leading numismatic dealers and auctioneers. It was founded in 1966 by Mr. Prem Ratan Maru and […]

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Rich Selections in September Long Beach World Coins Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions‘ last all-encompassing Ancient & World Coins Signature auction of 2019 will be held September 4-9 in Long Beach in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The past 12 months have been a time of tremendous opportunity, with a diverse selection of material seen in some of our biggest auctions yet, […]

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Rich Selections in September Long Beach World Coins Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions‘ last all-encompassing Ancient & World Coins Signature auction of 2019 will be held September 4-9 in Long Beach in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo. The past 12 months have been a time of tremendous opportunity, with a diverse selection of material seen in some of our biggest auctions yet, […]

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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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Jim Bisognani: The Price Is Right?

World coins make huge advances; transparency is a very clear advantage   By Jim Bisognani – NGC Weekly Market Report …… August already? I have said it before and I will reiterate: Time seems to be on a much faster track as we age. As a youth, August was the swan song for school vacation. Preparations had to […]

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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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Stack’s Bowers Galleries Official Ancient and World Coin Auction at the 2019 World’s Fair of Money

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce their official auction at the highly anticipated American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money, August 13-17, 2019 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Replete with historically important and condition sensitive rarities, this auction features a handsome selection of Ancient and World treasures—a veritable […]

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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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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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CoinWeek IQ: An Introduction to Ancient Indian Punch Mark Coins

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Ancient coinage developed in three primary, distinct traditions. We all know one of them: the Greek tradition of struck coins featuring a central image is what developed into our coinage. But what about the other two? Coins developed independently in China as cast coins, usually featuring up to four […]

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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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CoinWeek IQ: Japanese Bar Money

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. Information about early Japanese coinage can be difficult to find. It’s not a highly studied area among American numismatists, but some of the coinage is very unique and raises many questions. Take bar money, for example. Mainly minted in the 1800s, these thick and sharply cornered rectangular coins are […]

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Two Commemorative Coins of Mongolia Mark the Year of the Mouse

Year of the Mouse Mongolia. 1,000 Togrog. 2020. Silver .999. 1 ounce. Antique finish. Size 22 x 32 mm. Mintage: 999 pieces. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse of the coin, which is struck on a blank in the shape of a stylized mouse, shows the emblem of the Central Bank of Mongolia […]

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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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Gobi Bear Ends COTY Award-Winning Wildlife Series From Coin Invest Trust

Wildlife Protection – Gobi Bear Mongolia. 500 Togrog. 2019. Silver .999. 1 oz. Crystal inlay. 38.61 mm. Antique Finish. Mintage: 2,500 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2019. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 11 mm. Proof. Mintage: 15,000 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse features the emblem of the Central […]

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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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Karl Marx Gold, Silver Coins Latest in CIT Iconic Revolutionary Series

Iconic Revolutionaries – Karl Marx Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2019. Silver .999. 1 oz. Partial color application. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 1,000 pieces. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2019. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 13.92 mm. Proof. Mintage: 5,000 pieces. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse depicts the emblem of the Central […]

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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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Second in Woodland Spirits Silver Coin Series Issued by CIT

Woodland Spirits – Rabbit Mongolia. 500 Togrog. 2019. Silver .999. 1 oz. Partial color application. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 1,500 pcs. B.H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse depicts a forest scene in the background, in the front, the emblem of the Central Bank of Mongolia, below in Cyrillic lettering 500 Togrog, in Latin lettering […]

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Protoceratops in Red Rock Finish on 2nd Coin in Prehistoric Beasts Series

Prehistoric Beasts – Protoceratops andrewsi Mongolia. 2,000 Togrog. 2019. Silver .999. 3 oz. Red-rock finish. 65 mm. Proof. Mintage: 999 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse depicts the emblem of the Central Bank of Mongolia, below in Cyrillic lettering 2,000 Togrog, in the exergue in Latin lettering MONGOLIA 3 oz .999 SILVER. […]

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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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Clay, Cardboard, and Zinc: Altered Coinage of World War II

By Lianna Spurrier for CoinWeek ….. In the United States, the most dramatic effect that World War II had on our coinage was the steel penny. The composition of our nickels changed as well, but that wasn’t an immediately noticeable change in the appearance of the coin. Both changes are well-known by collectors today, but […]

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New Gilded Jolly Pig Coin From CIT Celebrates Chinese New Year

Gilded Jolly Pig Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2019. Silver .999, gilded. ca 1 oz. Silk finish. Format 23×33 mm. Mintage: 888 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse of the pig-shaped coin features the emblem of the Mongolian National Bank in a slightly deepened circle, below in Cyrillic spelling 1000 togrog, below in Latin […]

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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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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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NGC Announces Year of the Pig Label

Submitters can choose this label to celebrate coins featuring the next sign in the Chinese zodiac. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has announced the availability of its Year of the Pig label, which continues NGC’s popular Lunar Series of special labels celebrating the Chinese zodiac. The zodiac’s 12-year cycle features a different animal each year; in […]

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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 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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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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Rare Coins From All Over the World: Sincona Auction Review

In May of 2018 Sincona held its 46th and 47th auction. A so-called “Stirnlocken-Vreneli” was sold at 130,000 CHF, a 10 ducat piece of the city of Berne won the bid at 190,000 CHF and a mohur of the Indian freethinker Akbar found a new home at 140,000 CHF. Auction 46: World Gold Coins Sincona’s […]

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A World of Money – Extremely Rare Russian Domination of Korea 5 Chon

King Kojong assumed the title of Emperor Kuang Mu in 1897 and struggled to preserve Korea’s independence during a tumultuous time in history when the country faced successive threats by China, Russia, and Japan. Predating this was the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), when the Qing Dynasty of China and the Meiji of Japan were warring for […]

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3D Shakyamuni Buddha From Coin Invest Trust

Shakyamuni Buddha Mongolia. 2000 Togrog. 2018. Silver .999. Gilded. 3 oz. Brilliant Uncirculated. Size 43 x 55 mm. Mintage: 501 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse shows the coat of arms of the Mongolian National Bank; below, in Cyrillic script, 2000 Togrog, and below that, in Latin script, the SERIAL NUMBER / […]

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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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Singapore Mint Issues Its Own Trump-Kim Summit Coin

By Everett Millman – Gainesville Coins ……. One of the longstanding uses for coins and medals is to commemorate transformative or otherwise noteworthy events. What better way could there be to immortalize an important milestone or historic moment? THat is what the Singapore Mint has done. Of course, this is provided the moment being commemorated actually […]

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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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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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Clever Girl: Velociraptor Fossil Coin in High Relief From Coin Invest Trust

Prehistoric Beasts – Velociraptor mongoliensis Mongolia. 2000 Togrog. 2018. Silver .999. 3 oz. Red-rock finish. 65 mm. Prooflike. Mintage: 999 pcs. Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse shows the coat of arms of the Bank of Mongolia. Below, the inscription 2.000 Togrog in Cyrillic script and in the exergue, the inscription MONGOLIA […]

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World Record for Tibetan Coins at Spink Hong Kong Coin Auction

Spink held a recent two-day sale April 4-5 at their Sheung Wan Galleries in Hong Kong. The sale was well-attended and contained many world-class items, some of which achieved world records. World Record for Tibetan Coin The Rhodes Collection of Tibetan Coins, Tibetan and Nepalese Banknotes contained items which have not been seen for many […]

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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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CIT Iconic Revolutionary Series Continues with Che Guevara Silver Coin

Iconic Revolutionaries – Che Guevara Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2018. Silver .999. Selective coloring. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 1,000 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Mongolia. 1000 Togrog. 2018. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 13.92 mm. Proof. Mintage: 5,000 pcs. B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse shows the coat of arms of Mongolia’s national bank; […]

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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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The French in Vietnam – Rare 1946 French Indochinese Piastre Pattern Coin at MA-Shops

French Indochinese piastre By CoinWeek …. Compared to Portugal and Spain, France was late colonizing Asia and the Far East. Its involvement in Southeast Asian affairs didn’t begin until the early 1600s, when French Jesuit missionaries began working in Vietnam – which itself was only just beginning to grow into the country as we understand […]

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Stack’s Bowers NYINC Auction of World and Ancient Coins Realizes $9.82 Million

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the results of their January 2018 International Auction. An excellent array of coins was anchored by the exceptional Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins. In total, the Stack’s Bowers Galleries NYINC auction realized nearly $10 million (all prices reported include the standard buyer’s premium). The first major […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for January 19, 2018: HODL or Buy Gold? Coinage Contraband…

By Coinweek Coin News Wire …. Coin News Wire for January 19, 2018 Brain Food 1.) Who Really Designed the American Dime? …[I]t takes a keen eye to see the very subtle “JS” just beneath Franklin D. Roosevelt’s truncated neck. These are the initials of John Sinnock, the U.S. Mint’s Chief Engraver from 1925 to 1947, […]

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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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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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CoinWeek News Wire for December 8, 2017: Money Will Burn, the Bitcoin Bubble and the Red Kettle

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 8, 2017 Current Events 1.) BEP Damaged Currency Redemption With the wildfires raging in California, it’s important to remember that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) offers a redemption program for burned, mutilated or otherwise damaged currency. Follow this link to learn more. 2.) Zimbabwe not […]

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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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Singapore Mint to Launch New Chinese Almanac Coin Series: Year of the Dog 2018

By The Singapore Mint ….. The Singapore Fourth Chinese Almanac Coin Series will span 12 years, from 2017 to 2028. Each year’s issue will depict a zodiac animal in a park or natural landscape setting in Singapore. To welcome the Year of the Dog, the Monetary Authority of Singapore is proud to present the 2018 […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for December 1, 2017: Take a Knee, Not Elon, the Red Kettle

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for December 1, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Vasilopita – An Important Greek Celebration for New Year Vasilopita literally means St. Basil’s Cake, which contains a hidden coin baked inside. This “New Year’s Cake” is a highly esteemed Orthodox tradition worldwide, having its origins in the 4th century… 2.) History […]

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World Coin News – Philippines Issues 10 Peso General Luna Circulating Commemorative

By Central Bank of the Philippines …..   On Friday, November 24, the Central Bank of the Philippines (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, or BSP) issued the new limited-edition 10-Piso commemorative circulation coin for the 150th birth anniversary of Philippine hero General Antonio Luna. The coin is now available at BSP Offices and Branches for the […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for November 10, 2017:

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for November 10, 2017:  Brain Food 1.) Israel’s ancient underwater treasure In 2015, divers discovered a hoard of more than 2,000 gold coins on the ocean floor off the coast of Caesarea – the largest stash ever found in the region… 2.) Why Soviet communist countries had a love-hate […]

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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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World Coin Tips for Collectors – Coin Shops in Seoul, South Korea

By Mark Lovmo – dokdo-research.com/koreancoins.html …… This article is a guide to some of the coin and currency shops in Seoul, Korea. It is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the coin shops one can find in Seoul, but it IS an attempt to review some of the major brick-and-mortar vendors of […]

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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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New Ancient, World Coin Highlights from MA-Shops

By MA-Shops.com …… MA-Shops.com has an extensive network of reputable dealers (well-placed to source ancient coins and collectible classic and modern world coins) from which customers can buy direct. If you’re not familiar with the format of MA-Shops, each dealer operates its own shop within the website. Browsing through the site quickly reveals how wide […]

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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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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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World Coins – Meteor and Icthyosaur Deliver One-Two Punch from CIT

Evolution of Life – Ichthyosaur Mongolia. 500 Togrog 2017. Silver .999. 1 oz. 38.61 mm. Antique finish. Mintage: 999 pcs. 1,000 Togrog 2017. Gold .9999. 0.5 g. 11 mm. Proof. Mintage: 15,000 pcs. Design: Coin Invest Trust. Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse shows the coat of arms of the issuing nation […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 22, 2017: Nanotechnology, Coin Thievery, and Gold

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 22, 2017: Brain Food 1.) The ATM at 50: How it’s changed consumer behavior The wide acceptance of the ATMs changed the types of cash Americans typically carry in the pocketbooks. Since ATMs became more widely available in the early 1980s, the $20 bill has regularly been […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for September 22, 2017: Nanotechnology, Coin Thievery, and Gold

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 22, 2017: Brain Food 1.) The ATM at 50: How it’s changed consumer behavior The wide acceptance of the ATMs changed the types of cash Americans typically carry in the pocketbooks. Since ATMs became more widely available in the early 1980s, the $20 bill has regularly been […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for September 8, 2017: Hanging with Beatrix, Busted Bitcoin, Gold Fakers

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for September 8, 2017: Brain Food 1.) New Anti-Counterfeiting Technology: Dogs The first counterfeit-sniffing dog, Mike, went into the field in 1997, and other dogs since then have had great success finding and busting counterfeiters. The Secret Service has expanded the canine anti-counterfeiting program, and begun tackling counterfeiting of […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for September 1, 2017: Fake Gold, Fake Coins, and Fort Knox

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for September 1, 2017: Brain Food 1.) Scrooge McDuck and Switzerland For almost 400 years, kreuzers were probably the most important small coins being circulated every day in Switzerland. It was not only a method of payment, but was also used to measure the value of other coins. […]

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August Coin Highlights from MA-Shops.com

By MA-Shops.com ……   With more than 700,000 items, MA-Shops is the biggest Collector Online Mall for coins, banknotes and medals. Every day you will find many new highlights on MA-Shops. All coins, banknotes, stamps and militaria are offered by certified dealers. Collectors and dealers can shop confidently knowing that every MA-Shop dealer is committed […]

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August Coin Highlights from MA-Shops.com

By MA-Shops.com ……   With more than 700,000 items, MA-Shops is the biggest Collector Online Mall for coins, banknotes and medals. Every day you will find many new highlights on MA-Shops. All coins, banknotes, stamps and militaria are offered by certified dealers. Collectors and dealers can shop confidently knowing that every MA-Shop dealer is committed […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for August 25, 2017: Coins, Guns, and Fort Knox

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for August 25, 2017:  Under the Radar 1.) King Rama IX commemorative coins unveiled A portrait of the late monarch in court regalia appears on one side of the coins along with his name in Thai. On the reverse are a depiction of the crematorium being erected at […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for August 7, 2017: War on Cash and Coins, Monday Edition

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for August 4, 2017:  The War on Cash 4: The Cash Master 1.) Is e-payment fast rendering cash extinct? As a Guardian newspaper article points out in January, “If you begin to insist on cashlessness, it does put pressure on you to be banked and signed up to […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for July 28, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for July 28, 2017:  Digital Cash Revolution 1.) UPDATE: “WE ARE DECLARING WAR ON CASH,” BANK SPOKESMAN ANDY GERLT …[A]mong the people championing the convenience of a cashless society are those who use iphones to buy Starbucks coffee. These devotees who will sacrifice freedom for convenience will not […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for July 14, 2017: The War on Cash

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017:  The War on Cash 1.) Visa Takes War on Cash to Restaurants Visa has long considered cash one of its biggest competitors and has been taking steps to chip away at it. Getting rid of cash is a priority for Visa Chief Executive Al Kelly, […]

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Highlights from the August Champion Hong Kong Auction

By Champion Auctions …… On August 20, Champion Auctions will feature rare Chinese coins from the collection of French collector Charles E. Tanant at their latest auction in Hong Kong. The sale will take place at the Hyatt Regency at 18 Hanoi Road. Tanant, a former official at the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs Service, assembled […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for July 7, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting…

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017: Hamilton, Silver Eagles, Metal Detecting… Brain Food 1.) What Happened When Hamilton Lost the Mint When Hamilton first began studying and reporting on the need for a mint, he and Jefferson were still civil, if not close friends. Politics and rivalry soon divided them, which […]

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South Korean Mint Set Primer for Western Collectors

By Mark Lovmo for CoinWeek.com …..   The Bank of Korea (BOK) has sanctioned the release of yearly six-coin mint sets for the past three decades. Although various kinds of coin sets featuring South Korean coins can be found dating back to the 1970s, their connection to the Bank of Korea may be tenuous at […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Making Cents of Currency’s Ancient Rise Objects that occurred rarely in nature and whose circulation could be efficiently controlled emerged as units of value for interactions and exchange. These included shells such as mother-of-pearl that were widely circulated in the Americas and […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for June 30, 2017 Brain Food 1.) Making Cents of Currency’s Ancient Rise Objects that occurred rarely in nature and whose circulation could be efficiently controlled emerged as units of value for interactions and exchange. These included shells such as mother-of-pearl that were widely circulated in the Americas and […]

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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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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek …. CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the Vikings […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 26, 2017 Brain Food 1.) How Learning to Love Coins Made the Vikings Modern The Vikings originally traded with precious metals by weight, known as a “bullion economy.” They accepted coins from other nations, but only as their weight value in gold or silver. As the […]

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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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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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New Additions to Atlas Numismatics Inventory of Ancient, World Coins – April

By Atlas Numismatics ……   Tokyo Bound We will be attending the Tokyo International Coin Convention (TICC). 来週、T.I.C.C.に東京お楽しみに会います。Please note that we will only be able to carry a portion of the inventory available on our website; if you would like us to include any specific items for your examination at the shows please contact us […]

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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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Modern World Coins – Take Flight with New Releases from Coin Invest Trust

Exotic Butterflies – Aporia crataegi Mongolia. 500 Togrog 2017. Silver .999. 25 g. 38.61 mm. Proof. Mintage: 2,500 pcs. Design: Coin Invest Trust. Mint: B. H. Mayer’s Kunstprägeanstalt, Munich. Description The obverse features the coat of arms and the name of the issuing nation, as well as material, fine content, weight, and nominal value. The […]

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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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