Highlights of the Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) 24-26 Jun 2016

I promised myself earlier this year to visit one of the coin fairs in Hong Kong. The main purpose of the visit is to observe and learn more about numismatics of the northern Asian region and of course to meet up with old friends and make new ones.

So why did I pick this one? Well the honest answer here is that it was base more on the choice of my buddies - since they did mention earlier this year at the Singapore Coin Fair that they plan to be at the HKINF in June, I guess I will tag along. 

This time I decided to stay only one night because hotel accommodation is rather expensive in this densely packed city. Hong Kong is a very interesting place, everything is so fast paced and there is never a dull moment. If memory serves, this will be my 6th time visiting HK in the past 2 decades. 

The show was held at The Mira, a hotel in the district of Tsim Sha Tsui. There are quite a lot of tables - 60 in total, with representatives from 18 countries including Belgium, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, U.S.A., Kazakhstan, Spain, Russia, Japan, Malaysia and even from as far as Norway !

Grading companies like PMG/NGC, PCGS are also present, visitors can submit their coins or banknotes to be graded. 

Ending the Rubber Export Coupon “B. L. & P.” Conundrum

For Malaysian and Singaporean collectors as well as numismatist, the rubber export coupons is all the rage these days. We have observed a significant uptick in interest and prices of these items in the past 18 months, most notably since the Spink Auction held in Singapore back in August 2015.

Fig 2. The infamous B. L. & P. rubber coupon
Fig 1. The infamous B. L. & P. rubber coupon, 25 katis.