What a week it has been so far here in Hong Kong! As soon as I landed, I was excited to head over to our new (BIGGER) office. Just a few floors above our previous location, the new Hong Kong office has impressive views of Victoria Harbor from the 22nd floor of Mira Place in Kowloon. As soon as I walked in, I was amazed at the size of the new space. It has a much larger lot viewing space, that can fit more than 20 clients at a time, as well as space for nearly a dozen staff. A much-improved shipping area means our team will be much more efficient in getting customer orders out following an auction.
As my second day began (and the jet lag subsided), I was setting up to auctioneer our first auction money sessions. Over the next three days, we sold more than 2,400 lots of World Paper Money. It was a steady mix of live bidders on the floor, phone and online.
As the next week began, the skies darkened, and the wind began to howl – it was time for my first typhoon! Luckily, the worst of Typhoon Koinu barely missed Hong Kong, and we were able to operate as usual for most of Saturday and Sunday. As we prepared for the beginning of the Hong Kong Coin Show, I was impressed with the number of lot viewers that still came into our office during the heavy rain of the typhoon.
Finally on Monday, it was time for the Hong Kong Coin Show (HKCS)! Dealers from all over the world were set up, and ready to begin trading. The show was slow to begin due to the typhoon, but as Monday progressed the show began to fill up with dealers and collectors. With the show and our auction sessions of Chinese, Asian and World coins, the upcoming week looks to be just as exciting.