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Investing in Chinese Collectibles

Investing in physical objects is a long-honored tradition among those buying for the future. Here we will take a quick look at the Chinese market as it has a proven record of being a liquid market for hard assets and … Read More

How are Chinese Stocks Traded?

This article follows a recent discussion with a Chinese coin investor, here we take a look at Chinese stocks and the ways there are traded. The Chinese Market for stocks is not like the United States stock exchange. Whereas U.S. businesses … Read More

Gold Mining in China

Gold mining in China began in the Song Dynasty (960—1279 AD) and has increased steadily throughout the years, eventually making China the number one gold-producing country in the world. It has kept this top spot since 2007. There are two … Read More

Collecting History Through Stamps

Stamp collecting is the gathering and procurement of postage stamps and is one of the most popular hobbies throughout the world. As of late, there has been a resurgence of stamp collecting within China. Under the reign of Mao Zedong, … Read More

China: An Incredible Growth Story

Prior to 1990, although there were years when the growth rate of China’s Gross Domestic Product was high, there were also years where this rate dropped into negative territory. From 1990 to 2011, however, China’s economic growth can only be … Read More

Song Dynasty Chinese Coins

Copper-based alloys were used primarily for official cash coinage for over two millennia in China, and coinage dating from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) is no exception. Cash coins were cast on a huge scale during the Song Dynasty due to … Read More

The Production Process of Older Chinese Coins

For a period of over 2,000 years, since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) until the early 20th Century, the standard form of coinage in China was the copper-based quan (or ‘cash’). This was a round copper alloy … Read More

20th Century Chinese Artists

The work of 20th Century Chinese artists is commemorated both directly and indirectly on collectable Chinese coins. Some series issued by the People’s Bank of China specifically celebrate the work of a particular artist, such as the 1997 series featuring … Read More

Chinese Calligraphy and Ink and Wash Painting

Calligraphy is a highly respected and ubiquitously practiced art form originating in China with several different styles. These range from the wispy and grass like cursive script, which is incredibly hard to read due to its radical brushstrokes resulting in … Read More

The Legacy of Zhou Enlai

Zhou Enlai, whose likeness is expertly captured in a set of three commemorative coins issued in 1998, was the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), holding office from October 1949 until his death in Beijing in 1976. … Read More