Category Archives: China

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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Medals in Stack’s Bowers Hong Kong Auction Showcase Cultural History of China

By Jeremy Bostwick – Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers …… A German Medal and the Chinese Connection to World War I Though western Europe and the United States were all initially allied in their approach to opening up China during the mid-late 19th century, civil unrest toward the emerging colonizers led to Germany seeking […]

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SARC Auction 37 Nets $1.85 Million

The folks at Stephen Album Rare Coins bring a substantial base of combined knowledge to the process of cataloging their high quality, diverse consignments. I think also that their bidders tend to be very well versed in the specialized fields in which they collect or trade. It is for these two broad reasons that I really enjoy bringing our readers previews or reviews of the SARC live and online auctions

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Problems with China and India Gold Statistics

By Patrick Heller
In last week’s column, I detailed various ways that official and unofficial reports of precious metals data (supply, demand, inventories, trading volume, etc.) are either kept secret, is misreported or is skewed so as to be misleading. This column was so popular that it was more widely linked at other websites than most of my articles

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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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GoldDealer.com Market News: Gold Heats Up – 7 Year Highs

Commentary for Tuesday, February 24, 2020 (www.golddealer.com) By Richard Schwary of California Numismatic Investments Inc …… Gold closed up $$27.80 today at $1,672.40! So, we are at seven-year highs, while the Dollar Index is moving towards 100 so both gold and the dollar are now seeing solid safe-haven buying. It is a bit perplexing however […]

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Dillon Gage Explains Coronavirus Impacts on Gold

Gold expert explains why gold performs well in times of uncertainty   By Dillon Gage Metals …… Dillon Gage, a world leader in physical precious metals, explains why the coronavirus epidemic ravaging China may send gold futures prices to seven-year record highs above $1,700 USD an ounce and up. Gold is considered a safe-haven asset, […]

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CCG Donates Money, Sends Supplies to Help Fight Coronavirus

The Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®) has donated money and sent supplies to help those affected by the novel coronavirus discovered in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. CCG comprises seven of the world’s leading collectible services companies: Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), Numismatic Conservation Services™ (NCS®), Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®), Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®), Classic Collectible Services®® […]

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The Biggest Gold Heists of All Time, Part II

By Alan Carr – BuyGoldOnline.io – Original Article …… Link to Part I The Summer Bliss Robbery (2012) – 216 kg Gold Bars On November 30, 2012, masked men in police jackets boarded the Summer Bliss fishing boat in Curaçao and stole 70 gold bars weighing a total of 216kg. Estimated worth of the haul: […]

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Bullion & Precious Metals: The Chinese Gold Rush of 2019

By Blanchard & Company …… Beigao, a town of roughly 100,000 people in the Putian municipal area, the city’s main street boasts 20 gold shops. Yes: 20 gold shops in a town of 100,000 Chinese citizens. Economic advances in China in recent decades opened the door to a rising and growing middle class with newfound […]

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A 37-Year History in Two-and-a-Half Pages: The Case of the Chinese Panda

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale …. Bullion collectors today enjoy a smorgasbord of products from a variety of nations. After the Krugerrand proved there was an international market for such items, many of the world’s economic powerhouses followed suit, starting in the late 1970s. One of the first to do so was China–or, […]

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A 37-Year History in Two-and-a-Half Pages: The Case of the Chinese Panda

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….   Bullion collectors today enjoy a smorgasbord of products from a variety of nations. After the Krugerrand proved there was an international market for such items, many of the world’s economic powerhouses followed suit, starting in the late 1970s. One of the first to do so was […]

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China now largest printer of notes

The stately headquarters of the China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation in Beijing. (Image courtesy Shizhao, Wikimedia Commons)
In the bank note printing game, one company rules them all: China Banknote Printing and Minting Corporation (CBPM).
With well over 18,000 employees spread over 10 large, secure paper money factories, this state-owned operation is the biggest security printer in the world

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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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Commemorative Medals Celebrate Chinese German Friendship and Two Pandas Going to Berlin Zoo

The commemorative medals were created by two top-notch designers and feature an official logo A pair of Chinese pandas — “Meng Meng” (梦梦) (a four-year-old female) and “Jiao Qing” (娇庆) (a seven-year-old male) — are about to be unveiled at the Berlin Zoo’s new panda pavilion. The pavilion cost nine million euros (approx. $10.24 million) […]

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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 Ponterio to Offer Chinese Space Collection in Hong Kong

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is pleased to offer space collectibles from the ‘Shenzhou 1’ (神舟一号) in their December 8-9, 2015, Hong Kong auction. These items were stored in the cabin of and traveled into space aboard ‘Shenzhou 1’, China’s first space ship in 1999. Returning to the Earth from space, each piece was examined and […]

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NGC, NCS and PMG Announce Major Expansion in China

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®), Numismatic Conservation Services® (NCS®) and Paper Money Guaranty® (PMG®) have entered their next phase of expansion in China with several major developments. The three companies, which are independent members of the Certified Collectibles Group® (CCG®), have extended their Official Submission Center agreement with Guangzhou National Standard Numismatic Collection Grading Co., Ltd. […]

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Rare Chinese Banknotes to be Sold at May 24 Hong Kong Auction

By Archives International Auctions….   Fort Lee, N.J.-based Archives International Auctions (AIA) will offer over 500 lots of rare Chinese and Asian banknotes, plus scripophily rarities (stocks and bonds), in a public auction slated for Sunday, May 24th. The event will be held at the offices of Kelleher & Rogers, Fine Asian Auctions Ltd., in […]

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1944 Palestine Currency Board 5-Pound Banknote Sells for $12,980

By Archives international Auctions….   A Palestine Currency Board £5 note dated 1944 and with rare “F” prefix sold for $12,980 at a sale of U.S. and worldwide banknotes, federal bonds and documents and security printing ephemera held March 10 by Archives International Auctions, in the firm’s offices at 1580 Lemoine Avenue in Fort Lee, […]

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A 32-Year History in Two-and-a-Half Pages: The Case of the Chinese Panda

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com….   Bullion collectors today enjoy a smorgasbord of products from a variety of nations. After the Krugerrand proved there was an international market for such items, many of the world’s economic powerhouses followed suit, starting in the late 1970s. One of the first to do so was China–or, more precisely, […]

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