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