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Mao Tsetung Silver Medal

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 Posted 10/27/2021  6:34 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Anzelmas to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi, m8s!
Can somebody evaluate this medal?
It was made in Sweden by Sporrong company in 1976. Author is Kari Rolfsen. Has serial number 0303/2000

Silver .925
Weight 60.84 g
Diameter 44.50 mm

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 Posted 10/27/2021  7:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The artwork seems to have appeal to a non Chinese mind. Some of that character is borne out and shown by the (presumably) Swedish designer.
What I can't say for sure is that it would have an increased interest to a modern Chinese coin or medal collector. Potentially, that market could be much larger.

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 Posted 10/27/2021  9:16 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The silver content is worth US$43.50 at current prices; this is a minimum value.

So, price is determined by supply and demand. "Supply" is, apparently, capped at 2000 (assuming they made the full allotment, and assuming not too many have since been melted down).

"Demand" is harder to quantify. I'd assume there's not too much local demand in Sweden for such an item, as it commemorates a non-Swedish dignitary's death. Unless Kari Rolfsen is a big name among Swedish numismatists, I expect the local demand to be minimal.

I'd also assume demand in China would be low to nonexistent. Your typical patriotic Chinese Communist, who would be the kind of person most likely to buy a Mao collectable, would prefer to buy Chinese-made medals, rather than foreign imports. The complete lack of Chinese language is also a negative for the Chinese audience, and the renderings of the province names on the reverse are in the old Wade-Giles romanization, which is still used in Taiwan but is politically unfashionable on the mainland these days (the politically correct Latin-alphabet Pinyin spellings for these provinces are "Jiangxi" and "Shaanxi").

The Chinese worldwide diaspora is also unlikely to find the medal appealing, as most of them are either neutral or overtly hostile to Maoism.

Low demand trumps low supply. So I wouldn't expect too much of a premium above bullion value.
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 Posted 10/28/2021  02:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add macmercury to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The reverse looks rather comical, the person in front most appeared to have his face stretch out like the horse. Agree with Sap, this likely would not have any interests among Chinese collectors.

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 Posted 10/28/2021  03:31 am  Show Profile   Check ryurazu's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add ryurazu to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sap its hard to say how a foreign rich Chinese tourist would say about this particular piece as assume thing is obviously a "gift" piece of silver :S , depends on the Chinese person.

As a personal taste nope I pass on such a thing, but obviously a well made silver pieces of metal meant to commemorate Mao's CCP long march might have some pass interest in some other tourist compared to the ahem "Chinese stuff". however I get what your saying Sap not so much in the current climate.

what surprises me is its a 1976 piece, which just from memory isn't something that would be made for Chinese audience O.o or am I missing something here. It definitely a confounding piece to value, sorry to be so long winded. With such a low mintage and polarising subject who know what it should be worth. Hmm wouldn't surprised if it was some sort of diplomatic piece? so confused sorry
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 Posted 10/30/2021  2:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Anzelmas to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, mates, for your thoughts.
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