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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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Traditional Culture Coins

BACKGROUND. In 1995, the Chinese gold and silver coin market had not yet fully begun in earnest. Coin dealers only supplied the market with small quantities aimed to test market reaction. It was even hard to sell single coins with smaller face values, let alone selling a full set of five one ounce coins—hardly anybody inquired with very little interest. Until 2000, at the International Coin Expo held in Guangzhou, only a few coins from the one ounce set from

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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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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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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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The Long March

While historically there were several long marches during the Communist insurgency period (1927-1937) of the Chinese Civil War (1927-1950), perhaps the most well known is the Red Army withdrawal from Jiangxi that began on 16th October 1934. This Long March was a legendary military retreat and subsequent escape to the north and west by a surrounded Communist army. It was on the verge of being destroyed by Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist (KMT) forces, but following their breaking of the KMT blockades,

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