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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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China’s New Coin Grading System: Coins Graded Yuantai 100 Feature in Online Auction

There is much excitement in the online Chinese coin collecting community, as August saw the first appearance of coins graded using the new Yuantai system in online auction houses. Officially announced on the 5th August 2014, China’s new coin grading system is still in its infancy and trial stages, but the first pieces with Yuantai grades to hit online auction houses have created quite a storm among bidders. More information on the specific ins and outs of the system, which

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The Lure of Platinum: Part 2

The Lure of Platinum – Part 2: Following Part 1, in this article we continue to extol the virtues of modern Chinese platinum coins. A narrow range of rarified subject matter: The second characteristic of platinum coins that makes them a good choice for collecting and investing is that there are relatively few areas of the Chinese coins market where platinum crops up, making them a rare breed so to speak. Such is the extreme rarity and value of platinum

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The Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China

The series featuring the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China seems like an attractive choice when it comes to either starting out collecting modern Chinese coins, or expanding an existing collection. So far the People’s Bank of China has issued series featuring Mt. Wutai (2012), Mt. Putuo (2013), and Mt. E’mei (2014). The fourth and final sacred mountain, Mt. Jiuhua, is due for official release in April 2015. For a complete set of a particular featured mountain, there are five

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Coin Orientation: the 2005 Year of the Rooster 1/10 oz Colourised Proof Gold Coin.

2005 was the Year of the Rooster according to the Chinese lunar calendar, and this year marked the beginning of the third iteration of the ever popular Lunar series – second only in popularity to the widely recognised Pandas. The first Lunar series began in 1981; the second in 1993. Colourised Lunar coins had made their first appearance in the series back in 1998 as part of the Year of the Tiger set of issues, but this was not the

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Coin of the Week: 1995 20 oz Silver Unicorn

Currently for sale in the coin store is a 1995 20 oz Silver Unicorn proof quality coin. It has a face value of 150 yuan, and a fineness of 99.9%. One of 12 unicorn coins issued in 1995, this rare and exquisite piece, like the other 20 oz silver unicorns, is particularly special because of its low original mintage of just 103 pieces, despite the fact that 500 were planned. Due to low demand at the time of issue, many

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