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Ireland's central bank misquotes James Joyce on commemorative coin

A silver €10 coin issued by Ireland's central bank to commemorate James Joyce's Ulysses misquotes a line from the modernist masterpiece. The coin features a portrait of the author and a short quotation taken from the book's third chapter, into which an extra word has mistakenly been added.

Saturday, 13 April, 2013, 3:27am

Money changes over time

Until 77 years ago, Hongkongers used silver ingots and copper coins to buy things. Hong Kong had no currency of its own when it first became a British colony; it was using foreign currencies, such as Chinese copper coins and Mexican dollars.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

A fistful of cents ... good for the piggy bank but not much else

The smallest things in life are always the most overlooked. While we're ignoring them, we don't realise how much they're costing us. The face value of our 10- and 20-cent coins is less than what it takes to produce them. Even more puzzling, we don't have much need for them.

12 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Antique silver dollar poised to smash the US$1m barrier

Michael Chou is fairly sure this is the one.

The Champion Auction president is pretty confident that by the time the hammer falls today at the 11th Champion Auction at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui, the Yunnan Spring 1910 Silver Dragon Dollar will have become what he says is the first Chinese coin to sell at auction for more than US$1 million.

22 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Gold loses lustre as investors' favourite

Almost three months into the year, and it is abundantly clear that 2010 isn't following the script that investment analysts had written out for it.

Go back to the closing days of 2009, and the consensus among financial forecasters was remarkable. The vast majority expected the stock market to rise in the new year, the US dollar to weaken and gold to soar to fresh highs.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am


Your future is in your hands

I am writing about the important things youngsters should consider when choosing a career.

Ability is crucial. Youngsters should have the skills required for their chosen career. They should also be able to handle the pressure that comes with the job.

25 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

quiz time

Choose the right answers

1 During the gold standard:

a) banknotes contained gold

b) only gold coins were used

c) banknotes could be exchanged for a fixed weight of gold

2 The silver standard:

a) ranked second after the gold standard

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

HK coins worth a mint

A set of rare Victorian-era Hong Kong coins will be auctioned in London this month.

The five silver coins - a dollar, half-dollar, and 20, 10 and 5 cent coins - form a unique proof set.

They were never put into circulation after their production in 1868 and represent the colonial authority's failure to put silver coins in use.

9 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Price-sensitive HK not ready to part with cents

We are accustomed to the ubiquitous Octopus card's tentacles reaching ever further into our daily lives, allowing us to pay for almost any form of public transport and shopping at supermarkets, convenience stores and fast-food outlets.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Coins were valued once

Ten and 20-cent coins may be of little value these days, but there was a time when people were desperate for them. Back in the 1970s there was a shortage of the tiny coins because people hoarded them to have the exact change for newly installed cash boxes on buses.

Before that they had been able to buy a ticket from the conductor and get change.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am