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  1. For a good portion of the summer I stopped buying any coins, gold or silver, proof or bullion, because I felt a bit overwhelmed by all the series that are available. There's the Chinese Panda series, the Chinese Lunar series, the Britannia Series (my personal favorite, but not much love from a lot of collectors nowadays), the Great Britain Lunar series, the Perth Lunar series, the Canadian Lunar series, the Rwandan Lunar series (these are quite lovely, but I didn't set aside cash for them or buy any 😥), the Canada Predator series, the Kangaroos, the Kookaburras, the Saltwater Crocodiles, the Birds of Paradise, the Emus, and the Sharks. The Queen's Beasts, the Lion Dollars, and the Bisons. Not to mention the Ukrainian Archangels, the Isle of Man Nobles, the Niue hawksbills, superheroes, and star wars coins. Colorized coins, incuse coins, concave coins, egg shaped coins, coins that are square, coins that have scalloped edges, and privy marks on everything! Just tossing a discussion out to the Forum in general. Does anyone else feel overwhelmed by all of these? Are there forum members that have culled down their collections and eliminated collecting certain series? If so, which series are you avoiding or stopping?
  2. Good Evening all, My partner is visiting China later in the year and I would love some silver pandas as holiday presents ?. Does anyone have experience of flying back with silver bullion from the Chinese mainland? Are there limits on what you can bring, taxes etc? Cheers, Jeffers
  3. This afternoon I found a bag of sealed (well two aren't) quarter ounce gold pandas in the strongroom. If you're on the wishlist we'll be contacting you once we've had new photos and priced them up. We use the wish list so that if you are on it, we will offer the coin to you before we pop it on the website. If anyone wants to be added please let me know email address, name and what you're looking for - by DM. We don't have everything but you'd be amazed what we uncover - we're using a new warehousing system which makes it easier for us to let you know if an item is in stock but we've got one more big safe to catalogue so you never know what we'll find.
  4. A Chinese Ebay buyer ordered an expensive ancient greek silver coin ($750) and when I went to the US post office they warned against sendg gold and silver into China because it was likely to be confiscated even though we were shipping it registered and insured mail. Does anyone have experience with shipping into China? Any advice would be greatly appreciated because the order is waiting. Thanks
  5. INTRODUCING SHENYANG MINT AND THE PANDA LUNAR SERIES Shenyang Mint Ltd is the official mint in China appointed to produce China circulating coins, commemorative Gold and silver coins, medals and other precious metal products. Shenyang Mints is one of the oldest official mint of China established since 1896. It has more than one century of history with advance coin minting technology and experiences which is recognised by the world-wide coin minting industry. Shenyang Mint has a winning team of staff with immense technical know-how and world-class design ability. It is a producer of gold and silver coins and other precious metal products and has has government accredited quality control centre and appointed coins research and development centre of china. In additional, it is recognised as the research and training ground for coin research philosophy doctorate centre by Lioning province since 2007. Shenyang mint has achieved countless awards and other achievements both in China and internationally. It is renowned for its coin design, coin technology research, development and application and breakthrough anti-coin counterfeit technology. World coins awards to Shenyang Mint include: · “壬戌(狗)年银质纪念币”Chinese Lunar dog 2006 silver coin awards silver prize in World coin competition organizes by America World coin news magazine and Chronos Publishing House of America; · “麦积山”5OZ金币” 5 oz Gold mount Ma Zi award as best world gold coin; · “马可.波罗纪念银币”Marco Polo silver coins award as International best hostrorical coin theme. · “千年纪念”金币”、“元亨利贞方孔金章”、“纪念郑和下西洋600年银章”are recorded in shanghai World Guinness record as the biggest gold coin, gold medal and silver medal respectively. LUNAR PANDA SERIES 2015 Shenyang Mints has jointly worked with private sponsors to commission a new “Panda Lunar” medal series. The first panda lunar year is “Yi Wei Year of the Goat 乙未羊年三羊开泰” Why did the medal sponsors commence the first lunar year of the Panda Lunar from “GOAT” NOT another lunar year? Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig即子(鼠)、丑(牛)、寅(虎)、卯(兔)、辰(龙)、巳(蛇)、午(马)、未(羊)、申(猴)、酉(鸡)、戌(狗)、亥(猪)are the 12 Chinese Lunar ZODIAC sequence. Initially, the intention to commence the first medal from horse due to the limitation of time in designing and planning which will affect the quality of the medal and horse is ranked as number 7 of 12 Lunar which 7 in mandarin means “fail” and “going”in Chinese culture so all decide to delay and wait for one year and commence the first medal on Goat year. In additional of the above reason, Goat is ranked number “8”of the 12 lunar which means lucky and prosperous. The kindness story of Goat is another reason for us to pick the goat as first year of the Lunar for this series. Grain is not in existence on the earth during the ancient prehistoric times. A Kind hearted Goat from heaven visit the earth and discover the starving human with pale face and thin body. He secretly return to the heaven and steal the grain to plant it on earth. The master of heaven Jade emperor is very angry and executed the goat and eaten his meat. The next years, the goat execution place has grown grass and little lamb. Jade emperor decides to select 12 animals as human 12 lunar zodiac as assigned as god. Human unanimously elected Goat as one of the Lunar Zodiac due to his kindness to them. Jade emperor still anger on the grain stolen case but no choice to fulfil the human demand. Daddy, mommy and kid are selected instead of one goat in the medal is to show the joyful of happy family too. Why panda? Panda is the endanger animal which is the national treasure of China and one of the oldest animal in biological science. China government recognizes Panda as a symbol of friendship with foreign countries in diplomatic occasions. Thus, panda is chosen. Why Great wall of China? The Great Wall of China is one of the ten wonders of the world. Great Wall start building from Spring and Autumn war Dynasty till Ming Dynasty which across two thousand years with total length of 21,196.18 km. World Heritage Committee comments that “The Great Wall of China” as the world's longest military installations with high value in the arts and culture and importance in the history and strategy. LUNAR GOAT PANDA Panda Goat is the first medal of the series which issued in 2015 with 3 versions 2 oz .999 silver, 2 oz .999 silver antique and 50 gram .999 gold with mintage of 299, 99 and 19 respectively. Panda Lunar Goat - Antique Finish Mintage 99 LUNAR MONKEY PANDA The golden snub-nosed monkey an endanger animal is selected for this LUNAR PANDA SERIES : Monkey 金丝猴 Golden snub-nosed monkey is an Old World monkey in the Colobinae subfamily. It is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China at elevations of 1,500-3,400 m above sea level. The Chinese name is Sichuan golden hair monkey (川金丝猴). Snow occurs frequently within its range and it can withstand colder average temperatures than any other non-human primates. There are only 4 species of Golden Monkey that exist in the world, including Golden Golden Monkey, Yunnan Golden Monkey, Guizhou Golden Monkey and Tonkin Golden Monkey. The first three species inhabit China so we can say Golden monkey is peculiar to China and under the State's first-class protection. Besides China, there are some specimens of golden monkeys in the museums of few countries such as UK and France in the world. Golden Monkey, which is as precious as the Giant Panda in China, is also China's "national treasure". The Golden Monkey, having bright-colored fur, special appearance, graceful movement and gentle nature, is deeply loved by people. The Golden Monkey's body length is about 70 cm (2.3 ft) and the length of its tail is the same as that of its body or even longer. This monkey has flat nose with nostrils facing forward, full lips and no cheek pouch. The beautiful Golden monkey has cyan and polish long fur on its back and blackish-grey fur on shoulders, upper arms, back, crown and tail. The side of the crown, nape, abdomen, inner arms and thighs are covered with soft brown fur. The Golden monkey is named after the stump nose with forward-facing nostrils, and it is also called 'non nose bridged' because of its seriously degenerated nose. The golden snub-nosed monkey is endangered due to habitat loss. This primate is found in a number of protected areas, including Baihe Nature Reserve, Foping National Nature Reserve, Shennongjia National Geopark and Wanglang National Nature Reserve. The San Francisco Zoo kept this species during 1985, and the San Diego zoo kept the species before the 1980s. Outside China only Japan and South Korea keep the golden-snub nosed monkeys. Here the message of the panda and Great wall :- 送马迎猴 古往今来 坐拥长城 眼放世界 Parting with the Chinese Lunar horse year and welcoming the Chinese Lunar Monkey year (fire monkey) Remember the past, value the present, building the future Continue the virtual, determination and spiritual of Chinese culture and nationality like establishing the GREATWALL as one of the world wonder. Establish the big picture and reputation of the country globally. This series is published by the western well know panda coins and medals author Peter Anthony in his monthly subscription magazine call pricepedia. It also attract the world mints news blog attention as following:- http://world.mintnewsblog.com/2016/01/2016-panda-themed-silver-issues/ MINTAGE SUMMARY Lunar Silver 2oz Proof Silver 2oz Antique Gold 50g 2015 Sheep 299 99 19 2016 Monkey 499 99 2017 Rooster 499 2018 Dog 2019 Pig 2020 Mouse/Rat 2021 Ox 2022 Tiger 2023 Rabbit 2024 Dragon 2025 Snake 2026 Horse
  6. According to a recent report published in February 2015 titled "Debt and (not much) deleveraging", by Mckinseys economic think-tank, Mckinsey Global Institute (MGI), global debt of the real economy has continued to rise despite the GFC. The report also states that from 2007 to mid-2014 Chinas total debt (government, nonfinancial corporation, financial and household debt) has quadrupled from 7 Trillion to 28 Trillion, representing a total of 282% of GDP, higher than that of the USA's (269% of GDP). This has been largely spurred on by Chinas property sector and Shadow Banking sector. The outline of the report can be found here: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/economic_studies/debt_and_not_much_deleveraging Along with download links to the executive summary (22 pages) and the full report (136 pages) (which can be found at the bottom of the page). The report does suggest that the Chinese debt as a whole is "manageable", so "no need for concern" and this should be taken into account. It does suggest however that the debt of many Chinese local governments is "unsustainable", so effectively this means they may need bailing out if their debt continues to rise. One of the main premises is that continued rising global debt can (will) result in slower future global growth. Anyways, sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words. So here's some screenshots from the report: ' (My personal advice when viewing these charts is that it's important to note that different charts use different measures, i.e. some include financial debt, whilst others don't (so this will explain the variations among the charts). It's also worth noting that debt is complex given that when including nonfinancial corporations debt and financial debt, it will include all debt held within that country, regardless of whether that company is a foreign company or not - so take these into account). Source of pictures: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/economic_studies/debt_and_not_much_deleveraging And last but not least, here is an interesting chart I found in the report regarding government debt (public debt) deleveraging in advanced economies (since this is very important information for UK citizens given the elections are coming up soon, so I thought I'll post it here too). I also found this interesting. Anyways it's all in the report. I'm personally not surprised by any of this news regarding the overall greater increase in global debt, nor that of China's debt levels. There are many interesting notes in the report, but I admit I haven't had a chance to go over it all properly yet (136 pages is a lot, so I've only skimmed over the 22 page executive summary and one section of the full report). So there are some aspects I still have no clue on. Anyways what does everyone make of this report? What does this mean for gold, silver, other assets, countries, or the global economy as a whole? How will some countries fair in the coming years (i.e. EU countries / the EU / the UK etc)? How will public debt levels in advanced economies affect upcoming elections or economic policies / the government direction relative to voter demands? (Particularly in the UK and EU) i.e. continued voter demand for more government spending on services despite increasing government (public) debt levels? Anyone surprised by the data in this report? It raises so many hypothetical questions / scenarios!!!!!!!!!
  7. ok slightly provocative title, I don't mean China as a nation. More the fakes coming out of China. I've often heard experienced people making the point that fake coins coming from China are becoming more realistic and better quality. If any of you have seen this video from CyberCurtainTwitcher where he compares a fake 2013 silver Panda with a real one, save for the heavy embossing they look pretty damn close to the real one. Of course, with the right equipment you can judge a fake by measuring weight, thickness etc but the question is whether in the future the fakes are so close to the real ones (both aesthetically and in weight/thickeness) that without melting the coin down or showering it in nitric acid then few will be able to tell the difference. Other factors to consider for producing fake coins are that the metals used are too heavy or that they don't give that distinctive "ring" when dropped but I'm just putting it out there as a discussion that I think we should consider - and that is around the liquidity of what we collect.