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Coin of the Week: 1998 ½ oz Gold Guilin Scenery Rectangle

Available in the coin store at this time is a complete four-piece set of highly attractive 1998 ½ oz Gold Guilin Scenery Rectangle coins. This set is quite rare, with a planned mintage of just 1600 pieces for each coin. Each of these beautiful proof quality rectangular coins has a face value of 50 yuan, a fineness of 99.9%, and measures 19 mm x 29 mm. The obverse faces display some of the most striking scenery that can be seen

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1979 Year of the Child Coins

BACKGROUND. The International Year of Child (IYC) Coin series was one of the first coin series made in the history of modern China. Released in 1980, it was issued to commemorate 1979, the UNESCO proclaimed International Year of the Child. Thirty five countries in total released coins to commemorate the IYC, but the Chinese IYC coins were particularly special, as China was one of the twelve countries which have released gold commemoration coins, and was also one of the handfuls

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Yungang Grottoes

Situated just 10 miles to the south west of the city of Datong at the foot of the Wuzhou Shan mountain range in Shanxi province, the Yungang Grottoes play host to a series of 252 shallow caves containing in excess of 51,000 Buddhist statues dating from the 5th and 6th centuries AD. The caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and are highly valued as magnificent examples of Buddhist cave art – particularly rock-cut art, and are one of the

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The Tsao Kun Commemorative Dollar

Historical Background Cao Kun (1862-1938), or Tsao Kun, was President of the Republic of China between 10th October 1923 and 30th October 1924, holding office for little over a year. He was a prominent figure during the Warlord Period of Chinese history, and was a military commander in the Zhili clique – one of the anti-Japanese factions of the Beiyang Government – which subsequently came into conflict with another of the factions, the Fengtian clique (which had policies favouring Japan).

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Gold In Chinese Culture

Gold has always held a special place in Chinese culture and has been used a means of trade and exchange for thousands of years. Recorded uses of gold in transactions can be found in Quin and Han dynasties. Many emperors in China regarded gold as lucky and adorned themselves in garments that were rich in gold colors and hues and also used to wear gold jewelry. On the Chinese New Year, and specifically during the spring festival, it is a

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Research into White Spots

It is the primary cause of insomnia for silver coin collectors the world over. It’s everywhere – an ever present danger hanging in the air – that given the chance will indiscriminately attack the surfaces of silver coins. It is white spot corrosion, and it’s the worst nightmare for the coin enthusiast who, after a relatively short period of time following the receipt of delivery from the mint or their supplier, sees a dreaded white spot appear on their newly-acquired

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