Artifacts

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 … Read More

Focus Coin: Bronze Age Implements 2nd Series 5 oz Silver Coin

With the release of the Bronze Age Implements 3rd Series coin set earlier last month, market attention has returned to the previous 2nd and 1st Series. The official release date for the 2nd Series was 23rd May 2013. Similarly to … 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

Imminent Release of Bronze Age Implements Series Three

The release of the Bronze Age Implements Series Three coin set was on 8th August 2014, here we take a brief look at the subject matter of these coins. Series One and Two were issued in 2012 and 2013 respectively, … 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

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 … Read More

The Production Process of Older Chinese Coins

For a period of over 2,000 years, since the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) until the early 20th Century, the standard form of coinage in China was the copper-based quan (or ‘cash’). This was a round copper alloy … Read More

Terracotta Army

Qin Shi Huangdi (259 – 210 BC) and his Terracotta Army There is an enigmatic aura and an air of mystery surrounding the Terracotta Army. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers, the pottery warriors are located near Xi’an, in Shaanxi … Read More

Maijishan Cave Art

Maijishan, literally translating as “Grain Stack Mountain”, is a hillside of purple-red sandstone and the site of a series of 194 grottoes carved into the hillside itself. The mountain is located in north west China, in Gansu province, and comprises … Read More

Bronze Age Finds Coins

Bronze wares have played an important role in China’s history. They have been used for military purposes, musical instruments, mirrors, rulers and storage for food and drink. Further, in the ancient times, bronze wares were also an indicator of a … Read More