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The 1903 Chihli Silver Dollar

1903 Chihli silver dollars are somewhat rarer than their 1908 counterparts, mainly due to mintage. The name Chihli, or Zhili, comes from the name of a former province of northern China which included the capital, Beijing.  However, the province, home to several mints, was dissolved in 1928. The characters translate literally as “directly ruled”, indicating that the area was under the direct jurisdiction of the Emperor himself, rather than under a provincial governor. The 1903 Chihli dollar has a mintage

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The Lure of Platinum: Part 1

The Lure of Platinum – Part 1: Since 1988 the People’s Bank of China has issued a light smattering of platinum coins. In the 18 years between 1988 and 2005, only 55 coins types have been released across just five major categories: the Lunar, Ancient Inventions and Discoveries, Panda, Unicorn, and Guan Yin coin series. Many beginners, and indeed seasoned collectors, shy away from acquiring platinum for the more traditional and familiar gold and silver options available on the collectible

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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 rapid commercial growth, especially during the Northern Song (960-1127), and were the mainstay of the currency system, partly because cloth – which had been used as a form of currency in the past in Imperial China – was now considered

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Three Kingdoms Coins

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms, written by Luo Guanzhong during the waning years of Yuan Dynasty in the 14th century is a famous Chinese historical novel. This vast and complex novel, consisting of approximately 800,000 words and 120 chapters takes place during the demise of the Eastern Han Dynasty (r. 25-220) and the subsequent period known as the Three Kingdoms (220-265). Most of the hundreds of characters in this partially factual, partially mythological story concern themselves with either restoring

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13 Reasons to Own a Panda Coin

Panda coins are among the most diverse of all coins, different scenes each year – many different sizes and metals including gold, platinum, silver, bimetallic and brass. People from all countries are attracted to owning Chinese panda coins but why? Here are 13 reasons to own a panda coin. 1/ Rarity: Panda coins are released in very limited quantities 2/ Inherently valuable: they are at a minimum worth the value of the precious metals contained but often, considerably more 3/

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Introduction to the Guangxu Tael

The Tael as a Unit of Measurement in China Before the standardisation of the tael to 50 g by the People’s Republic of China in 1959 in order to better coordinate with the metric system, a tael, or liang 两, could traditionally refer to a variety of weights, depending on the region and context. Taels were used widely as a unit of measurement until the 20th Century, but are now seen in only very limited circumstances. Most commonly a silver

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