Author Topic: 2016 Classical Gardens Lingering Garden Liu Yuan mintages photos etc  (Read 4280 times)

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* https://www.google.com/search?q=liu+yuan+garden
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingering_Garden

* 2016 2 oz silver Lingering Garden Liu Yuan cameo, mintage 500.
* 2016 2 oz silver Lingering Garden Liu Yuan reverse cameo, mintage 500.
* 2016 2 oz silver Lingering Garden Liu Yuan matte antiqued, mintage 399. 
* 2016 100 g gold Lingering Garden Liu Yuan, mintage 10.
* 2016 brass Lingering Garden Liu Yuan, mintage 500.
* 2016 brass Lingering Garden Liu Yuan matte antiqued, mintage 188.
* (?) 2016 copper Lingering Garden Liu Yuan, mintage ?
* (?) 2016 copper Lingering Garden Liu Yuan matte antiqued mintage ?

The copper version has been mentioned, but it's not certain yet if a copper version will be produced.
 

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More photos...
 

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More photos...
 

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Found another interesting image that appears to be one of the early design proposals for the Liu Yuan coin.
 

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According to the Classical Gardens QQ group in China, these coins will start to become available this week. I will be watching ebay for them!

小李飞刀团长—(1602999401)
刚刚收到消息
咱们的留園,下午开会时,会确定几号提货
我估计,本周一定可以提供了
提货了
 

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This was such excellent information AbeLinkin found, I decided to split it into its own topic to make it easier to find: Scholar stones. Quote of the post that started the discussion below, for convenience:

I can't wait. I will definitely be purchasing these once they are released.

I've been researching Scholar's stones lately since coming across these images. If you've never taken the time to look into them they are truly amazing. Some of these rocks can appear to be otherworldly or even alien-like in nature.

A scholar's stones noteworthy attributes are classified into four "important qualities": thinness (shou), openness (tou), perforations (lou), and wrinkling (zhou). Once you've got a good grasp of these four qualities, when viewing the stones, the art form of a scholar's stone begins to come into focus and the true brilliance and beauty of a stone begins to reveal itself to you. After these four important qualities other more rare attributes can classify a scholar's stone as being prized above others. Some of these attributes can be: awkward or overhanging asymmetry, resonance or ringing when struck, representation or resemblance to mountainous landscapes or figure, texture, moistness or glossy surface.

This is what I love about coin collecting. It's an education and an adventure every step of the way. Learning about these is a perfect example:
 

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More photos of the actual coins are now available. The lighter colored yellow ones are probably brass, and the darker colored yellow ones are probably gold. The tourist photos of the bridge appear to be showing the plum flower blossoms on the trees in late winter or early spring, right in front of the bridge.
« Last Edit: 2016 Mar 21, 04:01:48 AM by badon »
 

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A few pages from the new COA. I noticed numerous errors. The English text says:

This is to certify that the Lingering Garden (Liu Yuan) medals are
from the Chinese Classical Garden Series are minted by Shanghai
Mint Co., Ltd. The medals measure 40mm in diameter, obverse
featuring the landscape south of the Yangtze River viewed from
behind a floral-pendant gate made of gold phoebe, while the reverse
features a corner of the garden viewed through the arch of a bridge.
The medal sets have a limited mintage of 10 gold medals weighing
100g fine gold, 1,000 silver medals (500 each for proof/reverse proof)
and 399 antique finish silver medals (both weighing 2 ounce silver),
500 brass medals (proof) and 188 brass medals (stained). Each
medal comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and meets
the standard in fineness and weight.

Designers and engravers: Lu Danye, Chen Yanwen

Cai Xiaoping, Lei Ting
Design Team
Chinese Classical Garden Medals
March 2016
 

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More COA photos...
 

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More views of the bridge and crowds of tourists taking photos of it.
 

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The bridge at night.
« Last Edit: 2016 Mar 23, 10:22:00 AM by badon »
 

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The bridge up close.
 

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The coins have arrived from the mint, and are now in the hands of the sponsors, and maybe some important dealers too. From there, they will go out to the regular dealers, who will send some in for grading at NGC and PCGS. We should see ungraded coins on ebay soon. You can find them with this search: Search ebay for Lingering Garden Liu Yuan coins.
 

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More photos of the coins, ready for sale.
 

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More photos of the coins, ready for sale.
 

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More photos of the coins, ready for sale.
 

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See also this post, for info about the COA's posted a bit earlier: Re: The benefits of being a member of this forum: Baby panda No. 0001.
 

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Another early concept art image used to design the Liu Yuan, with more nice images after it.
 

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More original art for the Liu Yuan, with more nice images too.
 

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More photos of coins fresh from the mint.
 

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Cutting out coins for sale, and pairing them with boxes and COA's. The coins, coin boxes, and coin COA's are all shipped separately. The dealer is responsible for matching them up, and selling them together to buyers.
 

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Some nice pro-quality photos of each coin type. Brass, silver cameo (2 reverse photos with different lighting), and gold.
 

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Silver matte antiqued obverse and reverse, brass matte antiqued obverse, copper obverse, silver reverse-cameo obverse. I'm not sure why those last 3 weren't paired with reverse photos, but they're nice images worth preserving. More images of both sides are coming next.
 

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Brass, silver matte antiqued, and silver cameo.
 

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Gold, copper, brass matte antiqued, silver reverse-cameo.
 

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Some other miscellaneous photos that give you another way to look at the coins in-hand or in boxes.
 

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brass is my love for this series
 

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I really need to step up the quality of my photos, these are excellent.

My Liu Yuan coins just hit US soil and should be in sometime next week. Very excited!!!

Like you Trouble, I agree the brass is the best looking of the lot.
 

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Photos of several #1 COA's for the 2016 Liu Yuan coins posted here: Re: The benefits of being a member of this forum: Baby panda No. 0001.
 

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brass is my love for this series

I really need to step up the quality of my photos, these are excellent.

My Liu Yuan coins just hit US soil and should be in sometime next week. Very excited!!!

Like you Trouble, I agree the brass is the best looking of the lot.

Like you AbeLinkin and Trouble, I agree the brass looks very nice, especially the antiqued brass. Not only are they rare, the brass matte antiqued one is the "obtainable key" of the set, with a mintage of only 188. I'm really glad they decided to give that honor to a brass coin. I think brass looks better than silver when it is antiqued. Brass is becoming a lot more popular in China right now, so I think that's the reason they decided the brass should be the rare ones. However, it also has the advantage of no white spot worries, ever. That might help price appreciation, because buyers can be more aggressive with less risk. They also made the copper one of the keys, but the mintage is too low to properly call it "obtainable", and we may never see one publicly offered in the West.

I have more images I need to examine and upload here. Some of them are even nicer than the ones I've already posted. The trick is the lighting!
 

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Nice job with the photos badon. I'm partial to the copper version. I want to see what they look like after 20 years of gentle toning. Now.
 

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More photos of the coins, ready for sale.

mmmmm. the tax receipt states clearly that is 260 pcs and 240 pcs. funny not fully take 500 each. Is that still 50% at shanghai mints.

I heard too many story of this series in china. However, I still like the design especially Ge Yuan. BUT the shanghai mint white spot is damn issue all along....
 

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What stories?