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Coins and gold commemorate Expo

FOUR limited editions of gold bullions and coins were issued today to commemorate the 2010 World Expo by Shanghai Expo Bureau and China Gold Coin Incorporation.

The commemorative gold bullions weigh 500 grams, 100 grams, 50 grams and 20 grams each. The largest bullion will only have an edition of 100 pieces.

Three sets of gold and silver coins range from a gold coin weighing 1 kilogram to a silver coin weighing 15 grams. The most expensive gold coin will cost 298,000 yuan (US$43,639) and only 30 pieces will be available.

The commemorative coins share a common obverse design featuring Haibao, the mascot of 2010 Shanghai Expo. The designs for the reverse feature Tiananmen, the Oriental Pearl Tower, and the China Pavilion.

The numismatic commemoration has become a tradition of big international events in China. The China Gold Coin Incorporation issued commemorative coins and gold bullions for last year's Beijing Olympic Games. The price of those coins soared after the Olympics to up to 200 times the original price.

The coins and bullions will be available at Expo-licensed retail stores. More information is available by calling 021-962010 or 4008 188 666.


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