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On October 1, 2009, the People’s Republic of China is celebrating its 60th anniversary of independence – appropriately with fireworks (which the Chinese invented). China’s status as one of the world’s great financial powers is reflected in the designs of their 60th anniversary coins. The 1 oz. .999 fine pure silver coin (100,000 authorized) and […]

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Some 70 million visitors are expected to visit Shanghai in 2010 for the World Expo where China hopes to "bring the world at home, and for the world to feel at home." To celebrate the occasion, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is issuing silver and gold proof World Expo Shanghai 2010 commemorative coins. Three […]

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The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced Monday that it would launch gold and silver Panda themed coins on June 30 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the issuance of its first precious metal commemoratives.

2009 Chinese Commemorative Silver and Gold Panda Coins

Each new coin’s reverse bears the same Panda design as depicted on the 2009 Gold Panda and 2009 Silver Panda bullion coins. The new commemoratives, however, feature a ring surrounding the pandas with the inscription "30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ISSUANCE OF THE CHINESE MODERN PRECIOUS METAL COMMEMORATIVE COINS."

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China will commemorate their historic first spacewalk with legal tender silver and gold coins, The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced on Monday. The Central Bank said 60,000 one-ounce silver and 30,000 one-third ounce gold coins would be minted by the Shenyang Mint and issued on October 8, 2008. The obverse (heads side) of each […]

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The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has issued a new 10 yuan banknote sporting a design (shown below) commemorating the Beijing Olympics. The China Central Bank indicates a total of 6 million of the notes will be issued. According to Chinese news reports, thousands of bank branches have already begun exchanging them to an anxious […]

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It’s not the largest or heaviest gold coin in the world, but this commemorative Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Gold Coin commands attention. Weighing in at 22 pounds (10 kg), a diameter 7.09 inches (18 cm) and made from .9999 fine gold, the 100,000 legal tender Chinese Yuan coin will cost one cool million to own.

10 Kilo Beijing Olympic Games Gold Coin

A spectacular price for sure, but is the coin worth its weight in gold? At gold’s current spot price of $942.80 an ounce and considering there are 12 troy ounces per troy pound, that puts the coin’s bullion value at about $249,000.

It’s rare to find any commemorative priced as low as its bullion value. Why?

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The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) has an aggressive lineup of coins this year with a schedule of releasing 44 commemorative coins. The central bank plans call for: 23 gold coins 21 silver coins

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Australian Lunar Series II 2008 Coloured Mouse 1oz Silver Coin images courtesy of Perth Mint)The Chinese calendar offers an intriguing system of time measurement that predates all other calendars. For coin collectors, its yearly changing of themes also makes it well designed for commemorative coins.

February 7 marks the start of the ‘Year of the Rat‘, which occurs once every 12 years. (Several past, present and next occurrence years are, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.)

For this new year, there are several commemorative coins celebrating the event from at least two different countries.

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Chinese archaeologists have raised an 800 year-old merchant ship built during the Song dynasty (960-1279). It’s dubbed the "Titanic of China" and before sinking, it was hauling a treasure trove of porcelain, gold, jewels and other artifacts, including 6,000 coins. The treasure ship, officially labeled Nanhai No. 1, or “South China Sea No. 1,” was […]

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Take the new two-click poll on the CoinNews website asking that very question (found in the upper right). Surprisingly, at least so far, results have been close to evenly mixed. Compared to the U.S., interesting and different dynamics are in play with other countries and their small change. Several countries are actually suffering through serious […]

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