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1993 12 oz Gold Proof Panda Coin

The 1993 12 oz gold Panda is another intriguing rarity and a semi-key date coin for collectors.  The obverse face bears the image of the Temple of Heaven with the inscription of the PRC above and the date, 1993, below. The reverse face depicts a family group of three pandas in idyllic surroundings. This proof quality coin of 99.9% fineness measures an impressive 70 mm in diameter, and has a face value of 1000 yuan. It has an official mintage

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Chinese Peacock Coins

The peacock is said by the Chinese to be the earthly form of the legendary heavenly bird, the phoenix. It is the embodiment of civilization and culture, representing nobility and power as well as being an auspicious sign and being synonymous with beauty. As a result of the respect afforded to these birds, peacocks have featured prominently as the subject matter for many Chinese paintings since the time of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). One particularly

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Numbers in Chinese Culture

Chinese culture is rich in beliefs and traditions that have extended to the numbers people come into contact with throughout their daily lives. Each number, one through nine and their combinations, has significance or special meaning in Chinese culture. The strength of this belief is easily seen in the Olympics of 2008. As a host for this special occasion, the festivities began on August 8, 2008 and was not a coincidence. The number 8 is a very positive and lucky

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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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First Steps: Advice for Beginners

If you are new to Chinese coins and are thinking of investing or collecting, here are a few pointers that will help you get you off on the right foot. Firstly, buying gold Pandas is relatively simple. Gold Panda coins are one of the world’s top five gold coin investment choices. When you invest in coinage, you own something tangible – it’s real gold and silver, not like the futures markets for precious metals. The threshold for entering this market

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Bronze Age Implements 3rd Series: The Quarterly Review

It’s now been a few months since the People’s Bank issued the Bronze Age Implements 3rd Series, and with many collectors now in a position where they have managed to get their hands on the coins themselves, they must now be wondering whether they have made a wise choice for the future. Collectors will no doubt be trying to assess the future investment potential for the series based on how it has performed in the market in these early stages.

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