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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 different methods by which gold is mined in China. Open-pit mining is employed when gold deposits are close to the surface. Pits are built on an angular rather than a vertical basis in order to help prevent the soil erosion

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Sun Tzu and The Art of War

Sun Wu, more commonly known by the alternative spelling of his name Sunzi or Sun Tzu, is traditionally thought to have been a military strategist, general, philosopher, and author of The Art of War, who lived around the 6th and 5th centuries BC. The exact dates are unknown. The Art of War has been highly influential throughout Asian history in instructing generals on how to conduct warfare, particularly during the Warring States Period (475 – 221 BC). More recently the

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Two Dark Horses of the Market

This year trends in the international gold price have heavily influenced the attitudes of precious metal coin investors. Coin markets in Mainland China have cooled off somewhat compared with last year. Although the vast majority of coins have seen price falls, this hasn’t seen a corresponding resurgence in demand as investors remain hesitant. Market insiders believe that right now there are many good opportunities to be had as prices for precious metal coins hit a low point, but they advise

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Liu Shaoqi

Liu Shaoqi was a Chinese communist revolutionary, politician, and statesman who lived between 1898 and 1969. He was born in Hunan province to a landowner of moderate wealth, but moved to Shanghai to study Russian. After completing his studies he went to the Soviet Union. In 1921, while still in the Soviet Union, he joined the newly established Chinese Communist Party. Upon returning to China in 1922, as secretary of the All-China Labour Syndicate, he led a number of strikes

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Coin of the Week: 2009 1 oz Silver Ox Coloured Coin

Following the discussion in an earlier article of two coins which have done surprisingly well in a gloomy precious metals market, this week’s coin of the week focuses on one such piece: the 2009 1 oz silver Year of the Ox coloured coin. The 2009 silver Ox coloured coin is a proof quality coin with a fineness of 99.9%. It has a mintage of 100000 pieces. The obverse face shows the date, 2009, as well as the emblem and inscription

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Year of the Horse Chinese Coins

Horse years occur every twelfth year, and are the seventh in the Chinese zodiac calendar, following the year of the snake. Just as some people in the United States would not do anything without first checking their horoscope, the same holds true for many people in China. Choices of friends and even romantic partners are often made according to the compatibilities found in the Chinese zodiac. For example, people born in the year of the Horse are most likely to

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