There was plenty for Chinese-coin collectors (as well as Chinese
coin-collectors) to do at the Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports
Collectible Expo earlier this month.
expo organizers, more than two dozen of the top rare coin experts from
mainland China and Hong Kong attended the expo for the first time, and
multiple educational seminars were held during the show about the
Chinese coin market and grading Chinese coins.
from mainland China and Hong Kong who attended the Long Beach Expo
included ChengXuan Auctions general manager Zuo Jinghua,
Coin in Coin chairman Chen Haomin, and Stack’s
Bowers director of Asian operations Nirat Lertchitvikul.
Also among the notable Chinese attendees was Keqin Sun, author
of the Standard Catalog of Chinese Modern Circulating Coins and
As the Chinese coin
market matures and more numismatic research is published, Sun
said, "I believe that soon, China will surpass the U.S. coin
The response to the presence of the Chinese
experts was enthusiastically positive from the dealers, collectors and
public that brought their Chinese coins to the show for free
appraisals, according to Long Beach Expo officials.
"The visit was a sign of the huge activity and soaring
prices in the emerging Chinese coin market and emphasized the
importance of having coins certified for authenticity and grade,” Long
Beach Expo president Cassi East said. "The opportunity for
collectors and the public to have their Chinese coins appraised by
experts led to lines of visitors during the daily 'Meet The Expert'
Heritage Auctions displayed more than $1 million
of rare 19th century and early 20th century Chinese gold and silver
coins that will be in a future auction.