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Prices Rising for Milled Chinese Coins

Chinese Milled Coinage in High Demand

During the first half of 2007 there has been a rise in demand for milled Chinese coinage. Several key Provincial issues have been driven up in price, particularly in the higher grades. Choice examples of the popular Kweichow Auto dollar have roughly doubled in value during the last six months and other scarce and desirable types have experienced similar drives.

Our contributors are busy working on the appropriate 19th and 20th Century updates which we hope to have completely entered into NumisMaster by the end of August. For a taste of what's in store, check out the current 20th Century listings for Kweichow on NumisMaster. This is the first area we have analyzed and updated to fully reflect this new trend.

While on the subject of China, I'd like to mention a pair of interesting, well-designed and useful websites I've come across in my Internet travels. The first offers a nice compact overview of the history of Chinese coinage, perfect for the beginner or for those who wish to expand their basic knowledge of China's coinage development. You can view this site at Chinese Cash Overview. The second site centers on Chinese silver Sycee, but it also contains good information on Chopmarked foreign silver coins, which circulated in China between the ages of cast cash coins and milled silver issues. You can access this vast and informative site at Sycee On Line to learn more about cast sycee, chopmarked coins and other Chinese numismatic and financial subjects.