Country & Regions
Gainesville Coins carries some of the best Chinese, Japanese, South Korean, Filipino, and Singaporean gold coins, as well as other specialty gold items from around Asia. These coins are not only composed of their weight in gold, but also carry the culture and history of their respective issuing nations.
Many gold investors might not realize that China is the largest mining supplier of gold in the world. Over the years, Chinese Mints have become one of the largest suppliers of gold bullion to the world market. The Chinese Gold Panda bullion series is a 24-karat gold bullion coin whose popularity rivals other national mint coins, including U.S. Gold Eagles or the Canadian Gold Maple.
The chinese gold panda design is typically very stable. the coin’s reverse depicts a varied effigy of a panda, while the obverse depicts the temple of heaven. the reverse usually changes year to year, although it always depicts a panda in some shape or form. sometimes multiple pandas are featured.
Most South Korean coins commemorate the country’s traditions and historic events. South Korean Olympiad gold coins depict the nongak or pungmul dance (Farmer’s dance). The dance is usually performed with drums and wind instruments. The key to the Pungmul dance is the manipulation of the ribbons and ornaments on the dancer’s hats. Other South Korean coins depict kite flying, a variety of Olympic sports as well as other traditional activities.
Because of the low amount of gold coins minted in South Korea, its gold coins are oftentimes rare collectibles.
The yen, the principal currency of Japan, is based on the Spanish coins that once circulated around the southeastern parts of Asia. Yen, which means “round” or “circle” in Japanese, are based on the round shape of the Spanish reales. During antiquity, in fact, many Asian coins were made in the forms of squares, useful items, and may have had a hole in the center.
Many Asian coins, including the South Korean won, are actually derived from colonial Spanish contact.
Filipino coins are typically called pesos, as they, too, follow the Spanish coin inspiration. While the Philippines were once a U.S. colony, the peso remains the main currency.
On the other hand, Singaporean coins follow a dollar denomination. Post-1971 coins from Singapore typically depict a standard coat of arms on the obverse and have varying reverse designs.
Many of the gold bullion coins manufactured by southeast asian mints are limited edition and are often proof quality, making them highly collectible.