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Collectible Coin: The 1928 Chinese Zhang Zoulin Coin or The Mukden Tiger Dollar

Around the world, each country has a certain Coin that is at times, not just rare, but rather became so expensive because of a story One Chinese coin which is certified by Sarasota-based Numismatic Guaranty Company, was sold at an auction for more than two million US Dollars (US $2 M). The vintage coin, which depicts the warlord Zhang Zuolin. Zhang Zuolin (Zhāng Zuòlín; March 19, 1875 – June 4, 1928), nicknamed Zhang Laogang, was an influential Chinese bandit, soldier, and warlord during the Warlord Era in China. The warlord of Manchuria from 1916 to 1928, and the military dictator of the Republic of China in 1927 and 1928, he rose from banditry to power and influence. Backed by Japan, Zhang successfully influenced politics in the Republic of China during the early 1920s. In fall of 1924 during the Second Zhili–Fengtian War, he invaded and gained control of Peking, including the internationally recognized government, in April 1926. His appointment as grand marshal of the Republic

The Odyssey Marine Exploration and The 17 Tons of Gold Coin Under the Sea

When it comes to gold under the ocean floor, scientists estimate there is enough gold in the seafloor to give every person on the planet nine pounds of the precious metal. That is an astronomical estimation that should be taken with a grain of salt. A common misconception is that finders can keep their discoveries at sea. But under international law, anyone who finds a wreck must report it. Hiding a shipwreck or its cargo is an offence. The largest monetary treasure haul found was on the wreck code named Black Swan, discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2007 off of Gibraltar. The salvage team reportedly found 17 tons of coins valued at $500 million; an amount that is both staggering and said to be “unprecedented” in the treasure hunting world. The Black Swan Project is the project name given by Odyssey Marine Exploration for its discovery and recovery of an estimated US$500 million (£314 million) worth of silver and gold coins from the ocean floor. Initially Odyssey kept th

Collectible Plant: Shenzhen Nongke Orchid

Orchidaceae, commonly called the orchid family, is a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. The determination of which family is larger is still under debate, because verified data on the members of such enormous families are continually in flux. Regardless, the number of orchid species is nearly equal to the number of bony fishes, more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. The family encompasses about 6–11% of all seed plants. The largest genera are Bulbophyllum (2,000 species), Epidendrum (1,500 species), Dendrobium (1,400 species) and Pleurothallis (1,000 species). It also includes Vanilla (the genus of the vanilla plant), the type genus Orchis, and many commonly cultivated plants such

Collectible Aquarium Fish: The Peppermint Angelfish

Once again, we will discuss here one of the most expensive collectible aquarium fish in the world. This time, this fish came from way deep in the ocean. A saltwater fish that is not that easy to catch. The peppermint angelfish (Centropyge boylei) is a relatively small species of marine ray-finned fish, a marine angelfish belonging to the family Pomacanthidae. It is found in the Central area of the South Pacific Ocean, and is known to be native to the Cook Islands. The Peppermint Angel is a more recent discovery, as the species name indicates, it was discovered by Charles (Chip) Boyle. The peppermint angelfish has a deep, oval shaped body which has five white vertical bands on a reddish-orange background. The dorsal and anal fins have white margins and the caudal fin is translucent. The face and chin are white. This species attains a maximum total length of 7 centimetres or 2.8 inches. On areas of Coral rubble, this fish is found at depths of 55 to 120 metres (180 to 394 ft). Ov

Collectible Aquarium Fish: The Platinum Arowana

Are you fond of taking care of aquarium fish? This article is for you. When we started to set up a simple aquarium, we asked our local dealership what kind of fish is the easiest to care, which fish requires a lot of attention and of course, whish fish is expensive. Within these series of questions, we are now taking care different varieties of Mollies, Betta fish and our favorite, we named him Ace, the Flower Horn. The Asian Arowana Arowanas are freshwater bony fish of the subfamily Osteoglossinae, also known as bony tongues (the latter name is now often reserved for Arapaiminae). In this family of fish, the head is bony and the elongated body is covered by large, heavy scales, with a mosaic pattern of canals. The dorsal and anal fins have soft rays and are long based, while the pectoral and ventral fins are small. The name "bonytongues" is derived from a toothed bone on the floor of the mouth, the "tongue", equipped with teeth that bite against teeth on the ro

Collectible Coin: The 1787 Brasher Doubloon

One of the most collectible Coin in the World is the Brasher Doubloon. If you are into collecting Coins, this coin is definitely or should be in your top ten. The Brasher Doubloon is a rare American doubloon of eight escudos worth sixteen dollars, privately minted in and after 1787. In 1787, Ephraim Brasher, a goldsmith and silversmith, submitted a petition to the State of New York to mint copper coins. The petition was denied when New York decided not to get into the business of minting copper coinage. Brasher was already quite highly regarded for his skills, and his hallmark (which he not only stamped on his own coins but also on other coinage sent to him for assay proofing) was highly significant in the early United States. Brasher struck various coppers, in addition to a small quantity of gold coins, over the next few years. The front of the coin shows a state seal with a rising sun, while the reverse shows the American eagle with a shield. This coin, valued at eight Spanis

Collectible Bottle: The Halili Beer Bottle

When we talk about having some sort of old stuff to collect, it has a very wide range of reference. From old Coins, memorabilia, stamps, antiquities, toys, even signages and bottles. Today, we will be talking about a company who produces Beer way back then. They might not see that their bottle will be worth a fortune in due time, and yet, it did. Halili Beer was made by F.F. Halili Enterprises, a company established by former Bulacan Governor Fortunato Halili. The company, whose brewery was built along Balintawak in Quezon City, also owned other products and business ventures including Mission Beverages, Goody Rootbeer and Halili Transit. Halili Beer made its popularity in the 1960’s. Halili Beer and the company's other beverages fizzled out either because of a strategic acquisition or lack of leadership. It is said that when Gov. Halili was afflicted with infantile paralysis, no one from his sons took over the business, hence the death of the brand. It was also speculated that San