Antiques

1910 Xuantong Imperial Silver Dollar (Kann 219)

The Last Emperor The 1910 Xuantong Imperial Silver Dollar (Kann 219) was struck in the second year of the child emperor’s reign. The last emperor of China, the Xuantong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, also known as Puyi, was born … Read More

Hsu Shih-chang (1921) Silver Dollar

Xu Shichang, also known as Hsu Shih-chang, held the office of president of the Republic of China between October 10th, 1918 and June 2nd, 1922. His presidency, which lasted a little over four years, is remarkable among those in the … Read More

Silver Junk Dollars 1932-1934

Historical Background 1929 was the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the Republic of China, with the announcement on December 29th 1928 that all flags of the Beiyang Government were to be replaced by the flag of … Read More

Introduction to the Guangxu Tael

The Tael as a Unit of Measurement in China Before the standardisation of the tael to 50 g by the People’s Republic of China in 1959 in order to better coordinate with the metric system, a tael, or liang 两, … Read More

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 … Read More

The 1903 Chihli Silver Dollar

1903 Chihli silver dollars are somewhat rarer than their 1908 counterparts, mainly due to mintage. The name Chihli, or Zhili, comes from the name of a former province of northern China which included the capital, Beijing.  However, the province, home … Read More

Warring States Period Knife Money Auction

This month sees the holding of the August 2014 Hong Kong Auction at the Mira Hong Kong Hotel. Making an appearance during Session A of this exciting event are four pieces of Warring States Period (475 – 221 B.C.) knife … Read More

Collecting and Investing in Chinese Antiques

The market for Chinese antiques has been hot in recent years with auction records being broken time and again for relics from ancient China. This trend has led a number of investors and speculators to seek out Chinese antiques such … Read More