Little help with these Hong Kong Hand-Over coins?

Last week I wrote about my dearly-departed uncle; this week I’m reaching out for help with some of his belongings.

You’ll recall from last week’s memorial that my Uncle Don did business in China. Somewhere along the way he was presented with a collection of coins celebrating Hong Kong’s hand-over to China back in 1997. I’ve been tasked with assessing their value, and I’m hoping you can help.

Coins Case

At least some of the coins were presented in this commemorative briefcase. As you’ll see in the next photo, additional coins have been added to the original contents.

Coins Case Open

Inside the cardboard sleeves are sets of uncirculated coins from Macau (left) and Hong Kong (right). I don’t expect these to be worth very much — ditto for the random two-dollar coin in the top-left corner. But it might be another story for those two velvet boxes.

Coins Box 1

24K = 24 Karat, that much I know. But these coins seem really light to me — then again I’ve never held a solid gold coin, so I wouldn’t know the difference between that and a gold-plated one.

Coins Box 2

The contents of the second velvet box… Did I mention that I’ve not been able to find these coins on eBay or even Google?

Coins Display

There are also two clear display cases like this. The other one has the same three large coins seen in the centre here.

Coins Bottom

And at the bottom of the box are these six coins, held in place by a velvet lining. These and one of the clear display cases seem to be the original set that came with the briefcase.

There are a couple of local coin shops I could visit for an assessment but I’m a bit leery of being low-balled — that is, finding out only after I’ve sold them for my aunt that they’re worth far more than what I got for them. If you’ve any insight, even another online resource that I haven’t thought of, I’m all ears.

Thanks in advance.

2 thoughts on “Little help with these Hong Kong Hand-Over coins?”

  1. I have the same problem. I was left these exact coins but I can’t find them. I think their gold plate but have no idea..

    1. Unforunately I’ve some potentially bad news for both of us. I posted a cry for help on reddit and got this reply:

      I’ve visited Hong Kong a few times and have a small collection of Hong Kong coins, as well as Chinese coins in general, and I don’t recognize the ones in your photos. I’ve also spent some time just now going through my coin catalogs, looking up officially-issued Hong Kong and Chinese coins from 1997, and while there are a few issues commemorating the handover event they don’t look like yours.

      I’m not sure if what you have are actual government-issued legal tender, or just commemorative medals or medallions issued by a private company and sold as souvenirs. We actually see a lot of manufactured collectibles from private companies in the US as well, often being peddled on late-night TV to celebrate events in American history. They are rarely worth what they cost.

      If any of yours are actual government-issued coins the ones from Hong Kong will list a denomination on them in dollars, and the Chinese ones from the People’s Republic will list the denomination in yuan (元).

      The character yuan (元) does appear on some of the pieces, but not in the context of a denomination of money. The characters 公元 preceding the date mean “AD” or “Christian Era.”

      The places where it says “24K” are followed by the characters for “gold plated” (镀金), jin (金) by itself meaning gold. The large versions of your photos show a more coarse surface texture than you’d typically find with government-issued coins as well.

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