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NGC Presents: Much Better Late Than Never

"The calendar said “Spring,” but Beijing’s weather kept insisting “Winter.” It was March already, yet the temperature at night was below freezing. Darkness had fallen while I had dinner, and Fuxingmen subway station’s entrance was ever so conveniently located nearby. A quick one-station hop and a nice, warm hotel room awaited. I braced for the cold, stepped outside and, on a restless whim, turned my back to Fuxingmen. ..."

Read more at https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/6531/China-1986-year-of-peace-coin/


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Peter Anthony
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Re: Much Better Late Than Never, or Why Are These Coins So Expensive?
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2018, 09:04:00 AM »
The stories behind many (accidental) winners in coin collections often make for interesting reading.

Thanks for this piece. I believe you must have accumulated more than enough material by now to publish a book or two on your coin-related travels (and travails) in China!

**Europe seems to have an unheralded treasure trove of Chinese coins.
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Re: Much Better Late Than Never, or Why Are These Coins So Expensive?
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2018, 11:06:01 AM »
Great story, Thank you

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Re: Much Better Late Than Never, or Why Are These Coins So Expensive?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2018, 06:27:58 PM »
Thanks for sharing the fascinating story. I tracked down the original sculpture long time ago, which is located in Peace Osaka. This post in Chinese shows what it looks like: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_5dd7145d0102vuso.html. It also mentions the copy in Beijing and the effort to restore it. Another post has more pictures of the copy in Beijing: http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_9c1877310101ivr8.html.

By recreating this image on a coin, the 3D effect is kind of weakened, though the posture largely remains the same.

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Re: Much Better Late Than Never, or Why Are These Coins So Expensive?
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2018, 08:36:27 PM »
I am fortunate to own the gold version, and it is a uniquely stunning art piece.  The 3D effect seems far better than many. 
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